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Category: Buckets

It’s Fall, Time to Run Lines to Expand the Maple Syrup Operation

Common sense may say otherwise, but fall is the time maple syrup makers’ minds turn to thoughts of making even more maple syrup. They see beautiful yellow lines of sugar maple trees yet untapped for lack of that one last roll of 5/16th inch line last year. Over the summer, the memory metastasizes into schemes. […]

Completed First 55 Gallon Drum of Maple Syrup

We made about 25 gallons today, on a day that really should have produced more sap. My own data collected over some years shows what everyone else already knows: that temps in the low 20s at night and high 40s during the day produce the great runs. Despite getting temperatures at least that good and […]

Governor Jim Douglas Caught with Hands on Sap Bucket

Each year here in Vermont, the governor rolls up his or her sleeves and taps tree around Town Meeting day. It’s a nice tradition put on by the various county maple syrup makers’ associations, and a good photo opportunity is had by all – except for maybe this last one. A reader emailed in this […]

A Great Maple Syrup Research Compendium

Back in 1982, the Northeastern Forest Experiment Station put together a large series of studies into one document to help sugar makers employ some of the more interesting recent findings. That document is available here. Some highlights: – A good deal of what we know (which is still pretty incomplete) about how and why sap […]

How Maple Syrup Gets Made – The Quick and Dirty Version

This overview shows how people take the fluid in the veins of trees and concentrate it to make maple syrup. You can search this site for more specific articles on each aspect, but here it is briefly all in one place. For some unknown reason, sugar maple trees produce much, much more sap and much […]


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