Is the sap running?
Just curious if anyone on here collects and boils maple syrup?
I don't and have not really even considered it, though I certainly have the Maple trees and the land. Pretty much it all boils down to the cost of the evaporator set-up. Pretty pricey for a months worth of profit.
Still I like to watch the daily sap reports, or tree pee as I like to humorously call it. This years seems to be a pretty good year as its been cold at night (10-15 degrees) and warm (30-35 degrees) during the day.
Maine ranks as 7th in the country for maple syrup production, so its pretty low on the list, but its still good stuff. You have never had a lollipop as good as a maple syrup lollipop , and maple syrup candy, spread out nice and hot on the snow and then allowed to instantly harden, is delicious too. Of course starting the day with good old flapjacks and pure maple syrup is a nice way to start out the day too.
Here is a picture of some tree pee buckets at the Governors mansion here in Maine. They say you know you live in Maine when they even tap the maple trees at the Maine State Capital!!
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"