Friday, April 26, 2013
The snow is starting to melt and I can see more of the lawn every day. My path to the maple trees is still snow covered but at least it is not deeper than my knee high rubber boots any more. The sap has slowed a bit since last night didn't quite reach the freezing mark and I do have about a dozen jars of syrup made so that will supplement what I have on hand and give us pure maple syrup for the next year. Making maple syrup is a lot of work and takes fuel as well. Since I am doing only a few trees I am cooking it inside but at 40 to 1 sap to syrup there is a lot of steam in the process. I would like to cook it outside but my wood stove is down in the garden shed and with all the snow I can't really access it to set it up to boil syrup. Maybe next year.