The 2012 syrup season is coming to a close even before April arrives. We washed all of our sap lines during the heat wave a week ago. It was good weather for that job, because you get soaked from head to toe! This week, we have been busy bottling up this years' syrup, and we are almost finished with that job too. The syrup has great flavour this year, but unfortunately it will be in short supply - we wound up with about half of an average crop.
We are finally getting syrup weather now - below freezing nights and mild days - but it is too late. The buds on the maples have opened, and the trees are beginning to grow leaves. Even though the sap is running, it has a 'buddy' flavour, the sugar content is very low, and it won't make good maple syrup. "Next year is going to be better" - the farmer's mantra.
Our sugarhouse will be open on Easter weekend, every afternoon from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Please call ahead if you are planning to visit at other times.