Making Maple Syrup
Had 130 gallons to boil this past weekend. Trees finally got going. Was running good today, going to do one more boil next weekend and call it. Still snow to walk through but going down.
Doing my last boil today. Should get 10 more gallons of syrup. Pulled taps and lines Thursday since they started logging my property. Was a weird year for runs here in Washburn County.
Pulled taps Monday. First round was 175 gallon sap and 3 of syrup. This is 160 sap. Finishing now. Was still running well, but buds getting big. Plus running out of firewood.
True, I'm more thinking along the lines of not irritating people. The lake association/volunteer EMS sent out something saying to stay home, the county I think has something, etc. On the other hand I go there to get away from people in the first place, so if they seek me out its their own problem.
I just have to figure out when to go so that I don't waste a trip again. I seem to estimate wrong every year because I talk to others around my house and read threads like this about guys finishing for the season and all that.
I actually ran up to my place Tuesday afternoon before this safer at home policy and I had hardly any sap. Had I collected I estimate 30 gallons maybe, but it was all frozen solid. Still around 2' of snow. It is way behind what you guys have. Its amazing to me that it can be so different only 2 hours from my house.
Not sure what to do now with this policy in place. If I really don't go for a month I'm going to likely have a moldy mess on my hands and a wasted season. Going to watch how this all plays out I guess.
I finished my season Saturday/Sunday. Did my last cook and canned everything. I ended up with just over 3 gallons of syrup. Worst yields I’ve had and slowest sap running season for me so far.
I just crossed the 8 gallon mark tonight. Very weird sap flows. Two trees next to each other, one runs one doesn't. The next day the opposite happens. This is taking place in 4 different pairs of trees on my property. If I didn't know any better I'd think someone is dumping the buckets back and forth every other day.
Finished off 10 gallons of syrup this morning. Started yesterday at 6:30am and had a few issues so things took longer. Going to do one more boil next week and pull taps. Don't need to do more than 25 gallons for the year.
The 7 day forecast doesnt look good up there