With the first day of spring upon us I’m dreaming of May for our honeybee packages to arrive! Due to the crazy weather we have been experiencing they have been delayed a week (hopefully not longer). We were very excited for our Cinco De BEE-o party but it will be Once De BEE-o in this house.
There are so many miss conceptions about honeybees. The truth is they are amazing creatures and are responsible for pollinating many of our necessary items we eat daily. Bee pollen is different from airborne pollen that most of us are allergic too. If we don’t have bees to pollinate we would see a collapse in many plants near and dear to our hearts. We hope to thaw soon so we can get back to sugaring. Next time we will talk about what happens to the drones after they mate. On second thought we probably shouldn’t bring that up…
“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” -Albert Einstein
Maybe honeybees really are my spirit animal! -Tiffany
It’s been a cold few days. The residual sap in the outside tanks & barrels is frozen solid.
We woke today to sub zero temps yet again. I don’t think spring is really happening quite yet..
Can someone please do the spring thaw dance..?
Decided to boil a bit after dinner. It turns out our little valley is a snow trap and I think we will eclipse 24″+ by the time this storm is done. The snow makes everything so picturesque and peaceful. Northern Vermont is so awesome in the winter!
With another Nor’easter bearing down New England we are expecting another 1-2′ of snow here in the Northern Green Mountains.
With this snow and all day temps below 32 degrees means no sap flow. So this weekend will have to be a ski weekend instead of a maple weekend. We are fortunate to be located just north of Stowe and a lil’ north-east of Smugglers Notch.
We hope everyone travels safe over the next few days and enjoys all this fresh snow.
We started boiling the sap tonight. With another winter storm approaching we needed to boil up the sap we collected the past couple days before we get the next dump of snow Wednesday -> Thursday.
The steam was starting to pour from the roof vents. I tried to capture it before the sun went down.
The evaporator was steaming strong once we got hot:
We got everything working smooth and we will probably be boiling again Thursday or Friday night.
Really happy with this new evaporator from CDL Maple Equipment. 🍁 🍁
We were thinking we didn’t have enough going on with two active toddlers, work and 100 trees tapped, so we tapped another 100 trees today. 🍁 🍁 The Garmin said I took 9900 steps & covered 4.9 miles installing fresh taps.
So now we need to collect and haul the sap from this location daily to the sugar shack. So glad we bought a small 4wd tractor last fall. We picked up more 55 gallon food grade barrels yesterday.
Hers a quick video of the other sugarbush.
People have asked what sap looks like or how much comes out of the tree?
Maple sap should look clear, just like water. The sap pictured below was just under 2% sugar content so to make 1 gallon of syrup we will need about 38 gallons of sap. Unfortunately at different times the sugar content will go down to 1.5% so we’ll need even more sap to make that same gallon of syrup.
Today was overcast and about 34deg so not optimal, but just warm enough to get some sap flowing.
Here’s a quick video from earlier today to see the sap flow.