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Old 03-18-2011, 03:24 PM   #1
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Sugaring season

The sap finally started to run this week, a sure sign of spring. We tapped our "sugar bush", 25 trees along the road. First boil Tuesday; again Thursday. Our home made rig is not very efficient. Two days and 2 1/2 quarts of maple syrup. Best cure for cabin fever. Even the dog thinks so. Raz
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:29 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, mud seasons runs concurrently with sugaring season.
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I can hardly find a good trail to the truck.
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The sap finally started to run this week, a sure sign of spring. We tapped our "sugar bush", 25 trees along the road. First boil Tuesday; again Thursday. Our home made rig is not very efficient. Two days and 2 1/2 quarts of maple syrup. Best cure for cabin fever. Even the dog thinks so. Raz
Congrats! The sap should be running here next week. I got my car stuck at the sugar bush last year on the road leading to the camp. As the snow melts during the day, and runs down the woods road, it freezes during the night when the temps drop below freezing. The right combination for getting the sap to run but not great for driving.
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:41 PM   #5
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We just finished our season here in Ohio, and we had a record year. We made 152 gal. of syrup on 400 taps. We use tubbing and vacuum but boil with wood on a 3x12 evaporator. Just cleaning up and getting our lives back in order after six weeks of none stop sugaring. As you can see the grades varied a lot over the course of the season.
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Hi: Edward Shook... I wish you guys would stop all this sweet talk!!! I'm already diabetic!!!
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Robins in the mud and the snow

While Raz and I were out there sugarin' in the mud and the snow, along came the first two Robins of the year They sang their hearts out to us for about a half-hour .... and then they realized there was no clear ground in a fifty mile radius ... and left. But, oh, how they made our sorry, winter-wearied souls soar!

And we can literally watch the snow melting away from the equally winter-weary Trillium
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Just to the nortn of us about half an hour there are horse and wagons with little tables of golden necture set up at all the major intersections along the lesser highways. It's menonite season and Ontario's syrup is flowing and tasty.
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Too cool! Always wanted some sugar maples.
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We just finished our season here in Ohio, and we had a record year. We made 152 gal. of syrup on 400 taps. We use tubbing and vacuum but boil with wood on a 3x12 evaporator. Just cleaning up and getting our lives back in order after six weeks of none stop sugaring. As you can see the grades varied a lot over the course of the season.
Very nice color. Can't do that with our set up. I've thought of going bigger but to do that would mean a sugar house which of course would mean an increase in taxes and to pay those taxes it becomes a business. Easier to just keep it a hobby. Raz
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Hi: P. Raz...Going to pick up my daughter at her apt. today and find a sugar bush to walk thru somewhere close by. I sure hope Ed is coming over to Bolerama at Longbeach Cons. Area in July, so I can get some more of his "Liquid Gold"!!!
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Mmmmm!!
taking 5 of the grandkids to the Wye Marsh next weekend Mmmmm!!!

then in Apr we will be going to Elmvale!!!
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P Raz, we started like that to, two foot square pan over an open fire. Then we went to a small 2x6 evaporator. I spent a Presidents weekend once boiling. I watched the sun come up and go down three days in a row and boiling. I made 2 and a half gal. Decided to quit or go bigger. that was 24years ago. We went bigger, now it's in our blood. Alf, we are planning to be at Bollerama and will put a little syrup in the gift draw.
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Inquiring minds want to know -
How many pints of sap do you get from one tree?
How many pints of sap does it take to make a pint of syrup?

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