Monday, February 20, 2012
Sappy: Maple Syrupping Pt. 1
The end of February is the beginning of syrup season.
Or at least, the time for PREPARING for syrup season.
Matts dad has the whole she-bang when it comes to syrupping~ An evaporator. Tubes and taps. A sap house and trees already marked for where the lines go every year.
It is a big job, one that requires a whole lot of time and commitment and since we have been moving here, there and everywhere in those years, we haven't had the opportunity to help out.
So his dad hasn't done it in almost four years and the maple syrup reserve that he (and we) had has long since been depleted. This is the year to make that travesty right.
Last weekend Matt, his Dad and his brothers put the main lines out in preparation for the taps and tubing. About 3-400 yards of it. I decided to help them since, well~I couldn't bear to have Matt out of my sight.
It was a gorgeous day for it. Not too much snow on the ground, clear and mild.
Then, as if on cue, it began to snow just as we had finished and began walking back to the house.
Big, gorgeous white flakes.
They anticipate tapping a couple hundred trees or so but that is a job for another day.