Sunday, March 10, 2013

Backyard sugaring

While or house didn't come with any sugar maples, it came with two large silver maples. Silver maples can be used for syrup, they just have a less ideal sugar to water ratio. But I've heard that they may be more well adapted to continue producing as climate change threatens the maple syrup industry.

Being Vermont-raised, the prospect of backyard syrup production is pretty exciting. I ordered some used equipment for cheap on eBay, and we tapped our trees about a week ago. The three taps have yielded 5 gallons of sap so far, which will likely make about a pint of syrup.

Today we have beautiful spring weather, and we are boiling the sap down outside in our fire pit. I'll be sure to post an update when it's done!

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