It Doesn’t Feel Like Spring But . . .

Windswept Woods
Windswept Woods

Spring has sprung, my friends. I know this because we tapped our trees today. The sun was out but it felt this grey and cold as we nailed metal spouts into the maples.

The tap and the hose . . .
The tap and the hose . . .

We switched to stainless steel taps which we soak in alcohol year to year (to keep away bacterial build up). The plastic taps are fine but you have to throw them away after using and the stainless are prettier in my opinion (you need pretty when you’re out and it’s still 20 degrees).

Speaking of pretty, Nala came to supervise.

I'll sniff the air for squirrels while you tap . . .
I’ll sniff the air for squirrels while you tap . . .

We store tons of buckets in the garage. We have another little supervisor in there.

My job is to look handsome.
My job is to look handsome.

After shoveling paths through our woods and a neighbor’s, washing all the buckets, stumbling up hills in knee-high snow and chain-sawing fallen trees we tapped 25 trees. The weather this week looks promising–a few days over freezing with cold nights. That means next weekend after gathering sap we get to sit by the fire till the sap turns to syrup.

Cold bucket waiting to be filled with sweet water.
Cold bucket waiting to be filled with sweet water.

LINKS:

Pure Maple Syrup Drippings

Maple Recipes

 

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8 thoughts on “It Doesn’t Feel Like Spring But . . .

  1. Ooooo, I am so jealous! I wanted sugar maple trees when we moved to New York but I had to settle for a Red Maple–pretty, but not great for pancake toppings. 😉 Enjoy the fine weather coming our way!!!

    1. We actually don’t have sugar maples. We have some other kind of plain maple–but the syrup we make tastes better than any store bought imitation syrup.

      It’s just really nice to get outside and be a part of the slow movement toward spring.

  2. This brings back memories. We used to have maple trees on the farm I grew up on. I remember helping to collect the sap. We didn’t have an awful lot of trees but enough to make a good supply of maple syrup for the family. I still enjoy the real maple flavor.

    1. Twenty five trees give us enough for a little over a year. I use it in my coffee and cooking. Isn’t there something so wonderful about being outdoors in late winter? In the past it seemed such a grey time, but once you get out in the woods and each day feels a little brighter . . .and the warmth of the fire with boiling sap. You’re forced not to make any other plans. Sometimes that’s good.

      What did your family farm?

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