We had expected Tuesday night to be our final night of boiling for the 2010 season. It was the full moon on Tuesday, also known in March as the "Maple Moon", and we thought it would be a fitting end to wind up the season with a midnight boil in the moonlight. However, as usual, Mother Nature surprised us, and we had another fairly hard overnight frost. As a result, we were able to collect another small run of sap on Wednesday - the very last one of the season.
Now the race is on for us to take down and clean all of our lines before this upcoming warm spell causes things to get moldy. We also still have many batches of syrup yet to be bottled and labeled before it is ready for sale. So, even though the sap run has ended, the work continues! That being said, Dad in particular is somewhat relieved to see the end, as it means he can finally get a good night's sleep!
Though we will be out working in the sugarbush in the mornings this weekend, we will remain open in the afternoons from 1pm - 5pm. Please keep in mind that there will not be any sap running in the tanks to see, nor will we be operating the evaporator. Visitors are still welcome to tour the sugarhouse, ask questions, and of course stock up on Maple Syrup, Maple Butter, and Maple Candy!