First Maple Syrup Update for 2017

By Rich DeVries: Here is a quick Maple Syrup update. We started tapping our sugar maple trees on February 8 and the sap was running when we tapped that day. We were planning on installing a new tubing system in February but we had to switch gears and get all the tapping done before we…

31 days

By Richard DeVries We tapped the first sugar Maple on March 7 this year and we pulled all the taps on April 7. The season lasted 31 days, exactly one month. During that period we had some warm weeks and some cold weeks and only a handful of days  that the sap was flowing. We…

Cooking Inside and Out

By Richard DeVries We had a good sap run over the weekend. We emptied the bags on Saturday after the open house and Monday morning all the bags and tanks were full. Monday morning the sap-lines were frozen and we had a good sap-run again. The warm temperatures had me cooking inside and out. I…

The Missing Ingredient.

By Richard DeVries Last week the Maple forecast was looking really good. Nighttime temperatures were dipping into the mid-twenties and the daytime highs were well over forty degrees. I predicted we would have great sap flow, but it never came. Just when I think I have it figured out mother nature puts me in my…

Season Extended

By Richard DeVries The return of the colder weather is a sensitive subject. Therefore I won’t tell you that I am rather excited about it. The Maple syrup season can end in two ways and they both involve warm weather. When it warms up the trees want to leaf out. When the buds are as…

And Then There Was Sap

And then the great sap run of 2014 started. For us it was last Wednesday and I hear other sugar bushes around the metro had similar experiences. We had a little bit of sap coming in the past weeks but nothing like last weekend. The weather finally triggered the trees to start pumping and spilling…

First Syrup

By Richard DeVries Wednesday was a good day. The sap was running nicely on the south side of the hill. The sun had warmed up the trees enough by mid morning for the sap to start dripping. We had a nice trickle of sap running into the storage tank from the trees connected to the…

Maple Events

By Richard DeVries It is always tricky to pick a date for an event when you have to rely on the weather. We had our Pancake Brunch and Sugarbush tours last Saturday, March 22. Despite the cold we had close to a thousand people enjoy the pancakes with the Maple Syrup we made last spring….

Excitement in the Sugar Bush

By Richard DeVries People seem excited to see me in the Sugarbush and to read my blog postings about the Maple season. This year I realize that maybe it is not my personality and intriguing Maple stories, but it might just be my association with spring time. Even the snow, ice and cold loving people,…

Moving On

By Richard DeVries The snow in April saved our Maple Syrup season. It brought some extra moisture and slowed down the spring warm-up. We ended up with 111 gallons of Arboretum made Pure Maple Syrup. It is the second best year in the books. The record of 118 gallons of syrup in 1994 still stands….