Last year we bumped our number of taps up to 14. After going through the leftover propane from last year, as well as an entire refill—all in the first weekend—I began to panic a little. This was going to cost us a lot in propane. And we weren’t OK with that. Especially with four or […]
While in no way are we experts in the field of sap collection, 2016 will be our fourth year “sugaring,” and we believe we have made enough mistakes to share with you some of what we’ve learned. You can kinda break “sugaring” down into three main parts: collecting the sap, storing the sap, and boiling […]
So you want to make maple syrup, but you don’t know where to begin. Check out this list of necessary materials to get started, and find out what you DON’T need to spend money on.
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 […]
Harvesting maple sap takes time, but it’s easy! Here is a simple guide to harvesting your own maple sap using only a few backyard trees.
Have a maple tree or two? Hope you give syrup making a try, ’cause backyard maple sugaring is fun!