Under Pressure

by Richard DeVries After being cold and frozen, the Sugar Maples at the Arboretum are slowly waking up. The snow and the cold March weather have delayed springtime in the sugarbush. Maybe it seems extra late this year because last year springtime was so early. Our south facing hill is warming up and the snow…

What a Difference a Year Makes

By Richard DeVries The Maple Syrup season can vary quite a bit. Some years we have tapped our trees in late February when warm weather was expected, but more commonly we tap our trees the first week of March. Sometimes the first saprun will follow shortly thereafter and sometimes we can patiently wait for a…

Slippery, Sunny……Spring?

By Greg Lecker The “Steel Roots” forms of artist Steve Tobin’s “Romeo and Juliet” sculpture at the Arboretum entry mirror the discarded limbs of pruned Ginkgo and Oak trees at the entry to Three Mile Drive.  Late winter is an excellent time for such chores.   It’s too cold and dry for disease pathogens to invade…

Not the Sap-Run we were Hoping for

By Richard DeVriesSo, it wasn’t quite the sap-run I was hoping for. After the dusting of snow on Thursday morning it got sunny and the temperatures were climbing. It had been cold during the night and the daytime temperature was getting close to forty degrees. It sounded like the perfect day to get some sap….

Ironwood

By Mary Beth Pottratz It’s a balmy 30 degrees this first day of Daylight Saving Time. But a stiff breeze and dense cloud cover remind me that spring won’t officially arrive for another ten days. Chipmunks venture out – perhaps for the first time this year – from their warm dens beneath the snow. I…

The Most Diverse Sugarbush in the Midwest

Making Maple Syrup is not just hanging a bucket on a tree and cooking syrup on a wood fire anymore. The Maple Syrup industry has evolved and has been modernized just like other industries. Research is being done and every year new gadgets are invented. Last year we decided to take a step back in…

Two hundred tapped Sugar Maples

By Richard DeVries Last Friday I thought I could ease into the Maple Syrup season and get organized for the volunteers to come on Saturday. Apparently everybody has Friday’s off, and dedicated as the volunteers are, they all came on Friday morning. We started with installing the tubing on our south facing hill above the…