Maple Syrup Season At Our Hidden Hill Farm
One of the things we love here on the farm is Maple Syrup from our farm maple trees. This weekend Tim & I tapped the trees in anticipation for the sap run! Sap run entails above freezing days with freezing or colder nights. This temperature fluctuation pressures the sap to rise in the trees when it’s warmer, getting ready to feed the buds that will grow into leaves and seeds. When it rises, it drips through the taps into our milk jugs attached to the trees.
We collect about 10 gallens a day or more…it takes 40 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup. It’s a daily process but gets me outside everyday collecting and checking out the wildlife & I drop some grains off for the deer and turkey too! This keeps my mind off the anticipation of Spring…which takes so long to really develop here in North Central Pennsylvania..by the time were done, it’s here….
Enjoy our Maple season, I’ll be adding more about it and pictures as the jugs begin to fill and we cook it down on my studio wood stove.
The final product!
Maple Syrup 🙂
The process of tapping maple trees, collecting the sap, and making maple syrup (one of the many uses of maple sap) is actually quite simple. It does, however, take some time and a willingness to get outdoors and experience this miracle of nature (literally tapping into Mother Nature). Here is a great site to get you started if you want to try. http://www.tapmytrees.com/
We actually use the plastic spiles and tubes into milk jugs. Less debris in the sap and less spillage. We were very happy with them from www.oldcobblersfarm.com or here is their ebay link.