Friday, February 15, 2013
Maple Sugarging Season
We are having bright, lovely days in the upper thirties, sometimes hitting forty. The nights are cold and the ice freezes like iron.
I haven't been out in the woods, but if this weather keeps up the sap will soon begin to run if it hasn't already. I love maple season!
Back in the day, when I was young and spry and had time on my hands, I ran a little line of taps and dad boiled the sap for us. We never got a lot of syrup, but there was great satisfaction in the doing. Later Mappy joined in and made an even bigger project of it...as guys are inclined to do I guess.
I used to go out on snowshoes that didn't fit right, with bindings that were so bad I supplemented them with baling twine. I dragged buckets and plastic barrels on a plastic sled and drove my spiles by hand. It was ridiculously hard, but I liked it, so I did it.
Now a large sugar bush owner taps our big maple woods and gives us a couple of gallons each year. It tastes almost as good, and the amount of effort it costs me is nice.....
I would like to wish all the maple sugarers out there the best of seasons, with perfect weather and a long, sweet run!
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