Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We are officially sold out for 2021! The last of the orders will be sent out this week.
That was a whirlwind of a month or two. We began setting up and preparing in February with visions of maple dancing in our heads. Maple trees are very much ruled by the weather, and despite daily walks and pep talks, we did not see any signs of the girls waking up until well into March. The week of warm weather in the teens, and not dropping down at night really disrupted the natural flow of the sap. The additional stress on the trees lowered the sugar content in the raw sap as well.
The end result was that it took more sap to produce a litre of syrup than normal. Typically, on average we need 40 gallons of sap to produce a gallon of syrup. We just boil and boil and condense until we reach syrup. Syrup is measured in brix, and maple syrup is between 66-68 brix. This year it took about 50 gallons of sap to produce the same gallon.
As quickly as the sap started running, it was over. Overall this year we experienced about 2 weeks of gathering and boiling. We are now finishing up our end of season cleaning of the pans and buckets and lines and barrels. Farley has been supervising the clean up and has very much appreciated that he no longer needs to wear his coat. He still runs ahead on the trails and keeps an eye out for the deer.
We were a little disappointed this year as covid shutdowns have again not allowed us to share the boiling experience with friends and family, but we will continue to look ahead to next year.
Your Maple Farmer,