Tuesday, 10 March 2015
TAPS ARE IN
Yesterday morning we loaded the sleigh with buckets, supplies and headed out to tap the trees.
The morning was perfect, sunny, not too cold and we could easily get around using our snowshoes.
We used a cordless drill to drill the hole for the tap, usually placing it on the south side of the tree.
With a wooden mallet it's easy to tap the plastic spigot tightly into the tree.
In some locations where the trees were close together we ran a line from tree to tree and then used only one large bucket to collect the sap from all five trees.
Here you can see the plastic spigot with a blue tube running down to the line and then around the trees to the next tree. Everything is sealed which eliminates bugs and debris getting into the sap.
Today we will collect and store the sap. Wednesday we expect to start boiling.
Enjoy your coffee Mike.