|Derek, Kern, and Sue tapping|
|Sue puts the spout on a drop line|
|Kern drills the hole|
|Derek taps in the spout|
|We are always on the lookout for damage. Here, Derek fixes a bite in the tubing.|
|Big ol' maple|
|Sue, in her cold weather gear|
This past Sunday, we plodded through the snow and began tapping the beautiful, bare maple trees. The amount of snow on the ground during tapping is always something we keep in mind. In previous years, we’ve had to drudge through deep snow, several feet high, making hard work of an important task. Climbing through snow up to your hips gets tiring!
After Sunday, though, the temperature increased and we had some rain, melting a lot of the snow and making it easier to get around the woods. Since then, the temperatures have been frigid and ice-cold (which might be an understatement!), but tapping has continued during the warmest parts of the day.
As of now, it looks like there will be a warm-up tomorrow, so hopefully the sweet sap will start to flow!