Maple Sugaring!

Maple taps in the morning dusting of snow.

Maple taps in the morning dusting of snow.

Spring has sprung here in New York … kind of, lol. Temperatures fluctuate wildly this time of year – anywhere from 18 degrees as a nighttime low to in the 50s by the afternoon. Our local friends who make maple syrup said that this is the best time to harvest maple water (sap) and process it – so we decided to give it a go!

Our friends Carin and SunTree donated sap buckets and a place to set up a small sugaring area. We’ve learned that each stage of the sap’s freeze-thaw-boil process can produce a delicious treat (from a sweetened water to sweet tea to syrup to maple candy).

Afternoon maple tapping.

Afternoon maple tapping.

Enjoying maple water straight from the tree.

Enjoying the maple water. 

Birch bark, fire bricks, and bluestone for the fire.

Birch bark, fire bricks, and bluestone for the fire.

Moving the maple water along in the pans.

Moving the boiling maple water along in the pans.

The maple water gets sweeter and sweeter as it boils down.

The maple water gets sweeter and sweeter as it boils down.

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