Saturday, March 13, 2010

Swimming in a sea of sap

We are inundated with maple sap! Ten gallons of sap a day for 8 days equals 2 gallons of syrup. The weather is cooperating. Frosty nights and warm days. This amount of sap at one time is a a first for us. This is our third year sugaring and we've never had to handle this much sap at once. We hope it keeps flowing for a few more days so we can beat our prior syrup savings of 2 gallons.
And when we are not feed flames and straining the days collections we sit and work on a new rug ...in the sun! Look at those hard working farm lady hands....:)

7 comments:

Wendy said...

How impressive! One of my favorite books from childhood is Miracles on Maple Hill--all about syrup making. Good luck at beating your record!

gardenofsimple said...

cool! I've seen the taps out around us, but sadly we don't have any in our yard

safirasilv said...

Impressive reduction ratio. This explains why syrup is so expensive when one has to buy it.

Alas, my friends who sugar just had a baby...as in Monday just had a baby...so I think they skipped this season.

Wendy said...

I wish our season down here had been as good. We had a little too much warm - not quite enough cold to make the sap flow well ;).

The rug looks like fun ;).

Anonymous said...

I hate to admit this but I have never tasted pure maple syrup! It's available in grocery stores here in Nebraska but I've never had the gumption to fork over the money and buy some! lol

Kristina

relax said...

Have you gotten past the two gallon mark yet?

Fleecenik Farm said...

Relax, we are nearly there. I think today will be the day. Yesterday the sap flow had slowed but last night we got a freeze so it should be flowing to day. We have about 25 gallons to boil down on top of any other sap we collect. The weather has really cooperated for us this year.