Sunday, March 22, 2009

It's Sugarin' Time...

Thirty to 40 gallons of sugar maple sap must be boiled down to make just one gallon of maple syrup.

This year we haven't tapped our maples at Shady Side Farm, despite the fact that it seems like it's perfect sap running weather here in Michigan. We made the decision in part because of our busyness, and in part because we haven't used up all the syrup from last year.

In my dreams, we would get a real evaporator system so that we wouldn't have to boil sap in the house. I have a lot of dreams. LOL!


  1. Oh but "sugar on snow" is sooo good. I tried tapping trees one year but didn't get too much-maybe the wrong kind of maple tree (and cooking it in the house is a lot of extra humidity:)

  2. My husband and I had Sunday supper with some cousins of our's who own a farm and they had some jugs of maple syrup. My hubby got to talking with another of our cousins (there are a lot of them! lol) about maple syrup. I had no idea until last night that it takes so much to make a gallon! Funny that you posted this, but now I know just how much it takes! (WOW!)

  3. Oooooh, if you ever do tap them, I would love to see pictures and information on it!!!! I knew that it took a lot to make a gallon. I have been wondering how the average person (with a stand of maple trees- of course) could make their own syrup!


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