Posted by: raisingmustardseeds | February 13, 2012

Sugaring Season 2012 – First update

Well, the sugaring season is almost here.  After missing last year’s season due to my happy condition :), I am chomping at the bit to get going this year.

I guess you can say that I’ve officially been bit by the maple bug.  I must admit, though, that I was humming and hawing about whether to do it this year.  It seemed easier just to make the 45 minute trek to St. Jacob’s to pick up a few jugs.

But then I’ll miss out on making sweet memories with the family.  Collecting sap, trying hard not to slip on the icy ground with sap buckets in hand, challenging each other to see who will haul in the most firewood, sitting in front of the blazing hot wood stove, being Ms McGyver and fashioning crude devices to prevent rain from falling into sap pans…and on and on it goes.

Mind you, there were days when it was mighty tempting to just pull the taps and call it a day season.  But that drive to just eke out more syrup was that much higher.

So here we are, 2012.  And with the wacky winter weather we’ve been having, there’s not been any consensus as to when to tap.  Too early and I risk drying out the taps.  Too late and we’ll have a super short season – because if the last few years have been an indicator – we go warm super fast and the trees will start budding – ending the sugar season.

In the meantime, I’m busying myself with cleaning the equipment, making our snow refrigerator for our 55-gallon sap drum (so thankful for the past week’s snowfall!), walking the bush lot to see which trees to tap (and falling on my bum several times because of the nasty layer of ice all around the property).  MS dad has outfitted Papa Fisher (our wood stove) with a new smoke stack (which makes Papa look all the more run down with all his rust)

This afternoon, we’ll clean some more and hopefully get the drum fully surrounded with snow.  And I’m still hoping MS dad will be able to rig up a tarp shanty….nothing fancy…just to keep rain and/or snow off our heads and out of our pans.  Nothing worse than having unwanted liquid going into your pans while you’re trying to evaporate liquid!

I’ll try to update this blog regularly as the season progresses.  If you’re interested in coming up to visit our humble maple syrup operation, we’d love to have the company.  It’s always more fun in numbers. 🙂

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