Adventures in Backyard Sugaring…Every drop counts!

We have been wanting to do some backyard sugaring for a few years now,  finally…….. here is a low cost simple start. In these parts maple syrup is the promise of Spring! And a commodity we enjoy year around regardless of its cost!

The following key was really helpful when figuring out which trees to tap and how many taps per tree, we went for the conservative thinking key

  • one tap in trees 10-18 inches in diameter
  • two taps in trees 19-25 inches in diameter
  • three taps in trees larger than 25 inches

Ten now eleven! maples tapped. Understanding why maple syrup is so pricey is easy when you think of the equation somewhere between 30 to 40 gallons of sap to 1 gallon of syrup is about average for a yield: did you hear 30 to 40 gallons of sap to 1 gallon of syrup! It is the rose essential oil of syrups!

Zoe is super excited to finally be doing this as we have been talking about it and reading about it for years….Here are some of our past reads! I think our interest peaked with this early storybook from the My First Little House series “Sugar Snow ” and then of course more details when we finally read the series. Then there was “Sugar on Snow”by Nancy Parson Rossiter and finally the classic Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky.

This week I hope to tap a few black birch, Betula lenta (must get neighbors permission first!)


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