Making the most of where we live and finding the bounty of nature. Finding the sweetest trees and making the sap into the finest of syrups gives us an early start in the year for restocking our shelves and having fun in the process.
For many homesteaders springtime means sugaring. Tree syrup is Mother Nature’s apology for a long, hard winter and can be made by tapping a variety of tree species. Learn how to tap trees and take advantage of this sweet resource.
Starting a small scale maple sugaring operation can be expensive. We go through the options and costs step by step in planning a 150 tap operation on our Central Vermont homestead. Factors including arch selection, sugar shack planning, fuel efficiency, labor requirements, expected yield and sale price are all discussed in relation to a small […]
Have a maple tree or two? Hope you give syrup making a try, ’cause backyard maple sugaring is fun!