Thursday, February 26, 2009

Getting Ready

We finished stretching out the lines last week, and we've been taking advantage of the warm weather over the past two days to begin tapping. The sap was actually running today it was so mild! As soon as we drilled a hole, the sap would start dripping from it, running all the way down the tree. However, the forecast for the weekend is for another deep freeze, so the season is not quite upon us yet. We can feel it just around the corner though, so we're eager to finish tapping in order to be ready when it arrives. I think the anticipation is what makes this such an exciting time of year!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Back to the Bush!

Well, it's that time of year again! The past four days have been beautiful, sunny, and mild enough for us to get out in the woods, laying out and stretching our lines in preparation for the 2009 maple season. We've been able to get lots of work done in a short time so far, as the walking in the sugarbush is relatively easy; not too much snow, and it's almost crunchy enough to walk on without snowshoes.

The long term forecast predicts another two weeks or so of cold, wintery weather before warming up at the beginning of March. If that forecast holds true, we should be right on track! We're hoping for a good season this year so we can re-stock our empty shelves! Wish us luck, and keep checking back for updates as the season gets underway.