Hello friends! We have had a pretty great week for sugaring! The weather has been generally more favorable to get the sap running and we’ve had some really good days, including one 24 hour period where we got almost 2 gallons of sap per tap!
We’ve also improved the design of our evaporator setup to the point where our efficiency has nearly doubled. Just a few simple tweaks and the sap starts boiling quicker and the fires last longer. We just love learning from experience, as frustrating as it is sometimes. Figuring things out and solving your own problems brings a satisfaction that you just can’t get in any other way.
Our 3 year old daughter regularly joins us as we collect the fresh sap and, to our surprise, she has embraced sap as a drink! Every few trees, she pulls a tube from a collecting jug and lets the sap drip right onto her tongue! “Mmmm!”
Fresh sap has a refreshing quality that you really have to experience to understand. We’ve figured out a way you can come pretty close without drilling into any trees: Just take 1.5 teaspoons of pure maple syrup and thoroughly mix into 1 cup (8 oz) of cold water. You want it to be around 40 degrees Fahrenheit to get the right effect. While it isn’t exactly the same as fresh sap I won’t pretend to be able to detect the subtle differences!
The orders for broilers and cornish game hens have been coming in, and we want to thank everyone who has ordered so far.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE SOME FOR YOUR FAMILY, YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR CHICKENS AND HOW TO ORDER BY CLICKING HERE.
We’re also very excited to have a lot of our seeds started. Soon enough things will grow greener and greener in our lives! We’re amazed to see that the rhubarb has already begun to poke out in our garden as shown in this photo on Instagram!
Hope these last days of March are kind to us all!
Amy & Brian