After an almost two-week non-stop run, the sap has slowed to barely a drip, and sugaring season has come to an end. It was a strange season to say the least. We finished boiling when we usually begin; our sugar house has dates of first boils going back to the mid-1970s, showing the start of runs beginning around March 20th. The past few years have begun earlier and earlier, though, making the maple syrup business that much trickier.
When we started boiling, snow still covered the ground and we welcomed the steam from evaporating sap as it warmed the sugar house and us.
By the time we all celebrated with sugar on snow (thick syrup poured on packed snow–a delicious treat), John Sr. had to search for the snow to use before we gathered at John Sr. and Judy’s house under warm sunny skies.
Despite the short-lived season, we made some delicious syrup! We have some on sale at our Farm Store; stop by to say hello and get a sweet treat!