The Sugarbush

Working in the Sugarbush

Posted February 6, 2015

Hi everyone. It’s mid-January, and the holidays are over. Now I can get serious about getting to work in the sugarbush.

You might be asking, what is there to do in the sugarbush if it is not time to tap? I am making improvements. Sure, there will come a time when just a little maintenance is all that’s needed, but for right now I am fixing, upgrading and working on pipes.

I’m changing some of the old main pipe over to new better pipe to improve the syrup-making process. And it’s not just changing the pipe — it’s also the wire that it hangs on, and then making sure that the sap DSCF0025>wants to naturally flow to the pump at the other side of the sugarbush. In some areas, I’m extending the main line, or adding a new main line to shorten some of the secondary lines (the lines that run from tree to tree) and putting in pipes to reach new trees that are now tappable size.

We have about a foot of snow on the ground now, so that will slow me down a little. It could be worse. All the snow that fell back in November mostly disappeared in December, even with additional snowfall. Usually, if we hadn’t had the December melt, there would be about three feet of snow right now. That wouldn’t be unusual, just unusually early. In a normal winter we have three feet of snow pack on the ground when the weather breaks in the spring.

So my dilemma is, do I wear snowshoes or do I trudge through the snow? I’ll just have to get out there and see what works!

That’s what is going on here on the U.P. Sugar Shack Farm. If you stop by and find the store closed, that’s the reason. It’s just me here, and I haven’t figured out how to be in two different places at the same time. If anyone has figured it out, please clue me in!

I am looking forward to a new sugaring season. We’ve had some good cold weather and that helps sweeten the sap. Last summer was not too stressful on the trees, and even though we had a bit of a dry spell, the temps were not hot at all. All that should make for a good sugaring season,providing the weather is right, because that is what really makes the season — around 40 degrees during the day, and teens and 20s at night.

Hope to see you soon, or hear from you through the Web. I’ll post when the season gets started and the new Pure Maple Syrup is flowing!

 

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