Sweet!

You know what’s sweet?

Maple syrup!

You know what’s really sweet?

When the maple syrup comes from your own back yard!

And, you know what’s EVEN sweeter?

When the maple sap starts to run earlier in the season than usual, and you manage to figure that out before it’s too late! ๐Ÿ˜€

You see, typically, the sap starts to run in mid-March. And it’s those days when the temps are above 5C in today and well below freezing at night that triggers the sap to glow up the tree. But we all know, (of us, everywhere!) that weather patterns are bonkers, do we must remain vigilant and observant.

In early February, I noticed the maple buds starting to swell and took a chance. Taps in trees – buckets under taps – sap boiled down (40 litres of sap = 1 litre of syrup). And, voila!!

Our own Maple Syrup! SWEET!!!

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25 thoughts on “Sweet!

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread February 18, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    That is sweet with a capital ‘S.’ It sure makes you realize how much better real maple syrup tastes, and how much work is required to get it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JanetRimmington February 18, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      Very true! And, in my case at least, because I boil the sap on my kitchen stove – (for hours!), itโ€™s not the most economical project. But still very satisfying. Sweetly satisfying!๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread February 18, 2018 / 11:47 pm

        We had close friends who had a sap house, and we loved going to watch the process. For a couple of years, we tapped our own trees and boiled on a couple of burners in the garage. Oh my gosh, but you could almost peel the paint off the walls with that steam. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • JanetRimmington February 25, 2018 / 1:20 am

        Haha! It definitely takes care of a lack of humidity in the house this time of year. (The extractor fan over the stove rolls itโ€™s eyes, Iโ€™m sure). But, on the positive side, the house smells delicious!

    • JanetRimmington February 25, 2018 / 1:29 am

      Just couldnโ€™t resist tapping those maples! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Osyth February 18, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    Woah! Respect Ma’am (with more than a tinge of envy) sweetly sweetly sweet indeed …. I need hardly add – enjoy ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. BeckySefton February 18, 2018 / 10:41 pm

    Yum!!!! Bet that will taste nice on pancakes.

  4. rethy February 18, 2018 / 11:33 pm

    Wow! How exciting this would be! (So different from the rubber tapping that I have seen)

    • JanetRimmington February 25, 2018 / 1:24 am

      Itโ€™s โ€œold schoolโ€ to use the taps and buckets. But for our purposes, it works fine. Itโ€™s really simple. But sweetly satisfying. ๐Ÿ˜

  5. Rebel Girl February 19, 2018 / 1:28 am

    Ohm you are so lucky! I can taste it now!

  6. sustainabilitea February 19, 2018 / 3:19 am

    How exciting, Janet!! I can’t do this but a friend went to visit her family in Vermont and brought me some syrup. SO good.

    janet

    • JanetRimmington February 25, 2018 / 1:15 am

      Itโ€™s a wonderful seasonal treat! For sure!! Glad you got some. ๐Ÿ˜

  7. Sherry Felix February 19, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    I like how you tell the story with images.

  8. Julie@frogpondfarm February 23, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    How exciting! We are huge maple syrup fans .. 40 litres for 1! Liquid gold ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    • JanetRimmington February 25, 2018 / 1:14 am

      Haha! Well … three weeks in and we have about 600 mls of syrup. So not exactly lucrative. But itโ€™s a fun and satisfying addition, with the added bonus of a sweet smelling house (while boiling down). Hope everything is well with you, Julie! Soon harvest time?

  9. Beauty Along the Road March 14, 2018 / 4:39 am

    We just had our first Maple Festival weekend (another one next weekend) in the Highlands of Virginia – the southernmost place where maple syrup can still be produced. It is indeed a sweet treasure!

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