February is amazing for many reasons! 1. It starts getting brighter earlier in the a.m. and the sun continues to set later each evening 2. It’s my birthday month and 3. It’s MAPLE SEASON!
As the temperatures get warmer during the day and refreeze during the night, it creates a pressure/suction force that draws nutrients into the tree which is also called ‘sap’ or what I like to call ‘sugar water’. That sugar water is 2% sugar and gets boiled down to maple syrup where the final sugar content is 66%.
It comes out clear like water and transforms into a golden brown color that most people think of when they think syrup. It takes around 40+ gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of Syrup! Wow! It’s not an easy job but it’s pretty interesting!
Take a virtual ride to our sugar bush (aka what the real maple syrup makers call their collection of maple trees) and see how we tap our tree for sap!