Friday, February 3, 2012

Sugarin' Time

It's sugarin' time on Roan Creek! Here is one of the 150 maple trees- about half of the trees we will have tapped by the end of the season. When the weather gets cold-below 32 degrees at night but gets up around 45 or 50 degrees in the daytime, it is sugarin' time! It takes about 40 gallons of tree sapp to produce 1 gallon of maple syrup. When the sapp is flowing pretty well we can gather 30 to 50 gallons at a time sometimes more. Then we have to build up the fire under the stainless steel pan and boil the water out leaving the thick maple syrup behind. A process that requires constant attention so we don't scorch the precious syrup! Sometimes it gets cooked down just a bit too far so when we pour it out it quickly hardens into maple candy-mmmmmm.