Little Creek Maple Farm

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Sugaring 2014 – First Taps of the Season

Maple Bucket Brigade

Well we got started on our maple sugaring season yesterday, with 40+ degree weather yesterday, it was time to get the taps in.  Thankfully I had lots of  energetic help.  The boys rounded up the buckets and helped blaze trails through the snowpack!

Maple Sugaring Tools

On our way to tap the first tree with the kids, notice that I no longer need to carry any tools, just an iced coffee for me this year.

Shoveling out snow to get to the maple tap

Our first tree required a little shoveling of the driveway snow banks before we could reach it, but the warm weather made for easy shoveling.

Kids Maple Tree Tap

As you can see the snow got a little deep once you stepped off the well packed down trail to the tree.  Lucky for me, I was just the supervisor and all my assistants had the tools we needed to tap this maple tree.

Maple Tap

My oldest got to drill his first tap into this maple tree.  It’s a little challenging when you have two people driving, but we managed to get it done.

Hammering in a Seasonal Maple Tap

Not to be outdone, it was no time for the younger son, to hammer in the plastic tap.  Watch the fingers!

Maple Tap on Tubing

After attaching the tubing to the tap, this red maple is now on the lateral line and dripping sap.  Only 40 plus taps left to go…

Sugaring season wouldn’t be complete with out my oldest looking to taste the sap as it flows out of the trees.  He is always amazed by how it runs out of the trees and how it tastes.  This boy loves the sweet taste of the maple sap, but not pure maple syrup, go figure.

Tasting Maple Sap

This year we had so much snow it was fun watching the kids try and navigate the deep snowpack.  I found myself just watching them trying to walk around and it was hard not to giggle a bit when they got stuck.  It was a good day yesterday, and hopefully today we can dig out the evaporator and finish up the last couple taps that will be on buckets this year.

Maple Bucket Lids

This year with the deep snow, I found it helpful to have one of these bins to haul around in the woods that contained everything we needed to tap our trees.

Maple Tool Tote

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February 23, 2014 - Posted by | Sugaring | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. How many taps are you putting in? And, you sure have a great crew to work with. 🙂

    Comment by Judy @ GrandparentsPlus2 | February 23, 2014 | Reply

    • 42 taps in this weekend. I go another 4 on remote buckets that will wait until next weekend. The crew has its moments it’s been fun trying to convince them to stay on the path we have made to make walking easier for them, but they have not grasped that concept yet. It does wear them out though which is a plus!

      Comment by billcarpenter4 | February 23, 2014 | Reply

  2. Good Luck have fun with your crew

    Comment by Tom Webster | February 23, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks Tom, they do a little more each year, so it’s been fun. Hope you and Mary can come up for pancakes when we have our maple breakfast. If not we will make sure KC and Jon bring you a care package when they pass through.

      Comment by billcarpenter4 | February 23, 2014 | Reply


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