It’s been such a snowless winter that it seems impossible that sugaring season is upon us. Our taps were set later than usual so the sap ran hard the first few days, finally escaping the trees. But with temperatures expected in the 50s all week, it will likely be a short season.
Rus has a handy low tech system of boiling on a wood fire with a shallow stainless pan under a little roof to keep out snow and rain. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup, so it takes a lot of boiling, then we finish the batch over propane where we can on the lookout for boil-overs. Usually we yield about 10 gallons but it’s been such a quirky winter … we’ll at least make enough syrup to cover the church breakfasts in Chesterfield this year!