Sugaring season is finally finished, my last batch of syrup was bottled up on Sunday. I thought the season was over the previous weekend, but the trees decided to flow like crazy for one more day this past Thursday. After collected 25 gallons of sap I added another half gallon to my finally tally, which was a pint or two over five gallons.
On Saturday I gathered up all of my jars and removed all the spiles from the trees. I hadn’t counted when I put them, so I counted as I washed. 42 taps were put in probably about 35 trees. That’s a lot of jars to wash!
One of things I love about sugaring is watching how the syrup changes color throughout the season. We’ve noticed that the first batch is always dark and the second is always light. Third and fourth batches area always dark as well. Such an interesting process to watch. Next year I’m hoping to tap a few birch trees as well, this year I just didn’t have the energy to content collecting and boiling sap.
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