Sap the Trees

tapped maple tree“Are we going to sap the trees, dad?” was Stephen’s question for Dave as they walked to the back of the yard with a drill, a tap, and a bucket. We had heard from our veteran maple-syrup-making friends that it was time to tap. It was early, but the warm days and cold nights of early February were telling them that the sap was flowing. And they were right. Dave drilled our maple tree, put the tap in the hole, hung a bucket from the hook on the tap, and watched the sap begin to flow.

Stephen and Aurora get so excited when we start to collect sap. Monitoring the sap buckets is a job they kids watch sap runhappily take on. When Dave returns from work, they inform him that the buckets are a quarter full or half full, depending on how the sap is running. They can taste the future pancakes and waffles that will soak up the sweet, golden syrup.

I also feel excited and happy when the sap starts to flow. As my friends talk about how many trees they have tapped, how many gallons of sap they have collected, and how many quarts of syrup they have made, I smile at our connection to each other and our connection with the trees and the cycle nature.

If you would like to learn more about this live-off-the-land hobby, there are many resources available. Here a just a few:

The Time-Honored New England Tradition of Syrup Season

Tap My Trees

How to Tap Maple Trees and Make Maple Syrup.

Making Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup Making Time

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One Response to Sap the Trees

  1. cindy gibbs says:

    Hi Ann,
    Love this article about tapping maple trees in your yard. What fun! Seems easy enough to do too. maybe we will give it a try. Now that we have our chickens and getting eggs for free, I beginning to get it!. keep us informed, and thanks! Cindy

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