I've often heard children say, "There's nothing to do today". I beg to differ. I'd like to inspire you to do something. Anything. Read. Bake. Hike. Fish. Plant. Sail. Climb. Play. Reach. Move. Laugh. Dream; and take time to sit with me on The Old Granite Step.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Tapping our maple trees the old fashioned way.

With temperatures reaching almost 50 degrees today, it

seemed like a good day to tap the trees!  A quick check of the weather confirmed that our days should be above freezing with our nights falling below freezing.  Perfect for tapping the trees.
We decided to tap the old fashioned way this year.  This is my dad's drill that we used for the process when we were kids.  Seemed appropriate to use it today.
 We are a small scale operation!  Ten taps, ten buckets and ten lids.

 I call it a tap, the technical term is spile.
 A little elbow grease....
 ...and we're all set to put the tap in.
 the bucket hooks on to the tap.
Voila!  The first drop of sap in the bucket.  It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.  We have a ways to go.

 The lid will keep rain and snow out and is easy to remove when collecting the sap.
 On to the next tree.

We'll check the sap content tonight and again tomorrow morning.  We can't wait until we start boiling the sap.  Will keep you posted!

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