With chilly nights (~20 levels) and heat days (~50 levels) it’s a good time to be tapping maples for his or her sap! Now we have about 10 assortment buckets outdoors Stonehurst Showroom, and on a superb day all of them fill. For those who make a journey by way of this neck of the woods, you’ll see lots of our neighbors doing the identical with smaller and bigger setups.
Stuffed buckets are transferred right into a 50 gallon drum which sits within the shade of our wooden shed. Getting too heat would trigger the watery sap to spoil earlier than it’s boiled down into maple syrup. This drum does get hit with about an hour of solar within the late afternoon–oh effectively 🙂
As soon as the drum is full, we pump the sap from there into an empty drum on a pickup truck and take it offsite to pressure and boil. Boiling temperatures and strategies are a science and an artwork, with a number of people providing their opinions for what makes the perfect maple syrup!
Pancake luncheon anybody?