It was not the best day for an outdoor field trip. The sun was nowhere in sight and a drizzling rain fell. It is March, we live in NY, we went anyway. We pulled on boots, donned raincoats, held umbrellas and traipsed through the mud.
Sap for making maple syrup is collected basically during the month of March. It must be warm enough during the day for the sap to run (above freezing) and cold enough at night that the trees don't start to bud (below freezing).
Once the trees bud, the flavor of the syrup changes and becomes bitter. The sap is collected in metal buckets or piped through plastic tubing to a holding tank. It takes 40 gallons of sap just to make one gallon of syrup. I'd imagine by the end of March Mr. Everson will be ready for a very long nap. This looks like a ton of work!
My favorite part of this field trip is the maple sugar candy and buying a jug of syrup to take home to drizzle over vanilla ice cream, Yummy!
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