As soon as the days get over freezing and the nights are below freezing, the sap parade is on the march.
This year we are tapping in our wonderful neighbors' woods. They have a plethora of maples.
Over the river and through the woods to the maple trees we go.
Just a little drill into the side of the tree some plastic tubing and food grade pails with a hole in the top.
The small trees have a couple taps, the largest has 6 taps.
We did pick up a sap boiler that holds 40 gallons...and runs on wood... this isn't it... this is just the potbellied stove on our porch. We're boiling the first couple gallons right on top while it warms the porch. But hopefully the sap will get running this week as we have some warm-to-us days. It takes about 5-86 gallons of sap to get 1 gallon of syrup depending on who you ask!