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