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Wednesday, 6 March 2013


The days are warmer and the nights are still freezing, perfect maple syrup weather. The alternate freezing and thawing temperatures changes the pressure in the tree which cause the sap to flow.This week looks like a good week for collecting the sap and boiling it down to make maple syrup.

The pails and lines are already out in many locations around here. 

We hope to collect sap next year but will visit local producers this week to get ideas for our own production.

Several families have invited us to drop by and watch, one right on Coe Is. Lake Road so they are nice and close.

Do you know how many gallons of sap must be boiled off to make one gallon of maple syrup? .................................. 40 gallons. Yes it's a 40 to 1 ratio and as you get down near the end you have to be very careful not to let it burn. If that happens no one wants it and all that work has been wasted. 

I'll post pictures and give you more information once we are back from our tour of the "sugar shack".

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