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post #1 of 13 Old 02-01-2012, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Maple syrup

Does anyone tap their maple trees?
Because of the extreamly warm weather we are tapping our trees starting tomorrow.
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-01-2012, 10:28 PM
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My friend does-she is talking about helping us tap ours, but we have so few, it might not be worth it. You need SO much sap to do anything.

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post #3 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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The first year we tapped trees we got enough syrup for a pancake. We get more efficent every year. Not much of a production area in Missouri, so it is kind of a novelty. Last year we produced 18 gallons. Still it is a labor of love.
The best book to read is "Backyard Sugaring" it is informative but the author shows how to produce syrup on a shoestring budget, deffinatly our motto at our farm. Good luck, it is always a party at boiling time.
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May not yeild much, but its a great learning experience, arround where I am you don't go to far without seeing tapped trees
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post #5 of 13 Old 03-07-2012, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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It was not a good year here, The weather was just to warm. Our season was over weeks ago, I only got about 14 gallons of finished product. That's about 60% of last years. I heard it is going to be a bad year everywhere. What about your area?
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post #6 of 13 Old 03-07-2012, 09:12 AM
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That's pretty neat!
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post #7 of 13 Old 03-28-2012, 03:28 PM
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This has always interested me. :)

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We do tap trees almost every year. Although this year we weren't able to do it because the weather warmed up too fast.
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post #9 of 13 Old 05-01-2012, 08:22 PM
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That's really cool! I live in Maple country (i.e. Quebec, Canada) and I'm afraid my maple syrup comes from a tin at the grocery store....
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post #10 of 13 Old 05-04-2012, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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We do tap trees almost every year. Although this year we weren't able to do it because the weather warmed up too fast.

I can't believe how it warmed up, we almost missed the entire season. I kept thinking it will get cold again, If it had not been for hubby going out and tapping, it would have been over. As it was we normally get about 20 gallons of finished product, this year we got about 14 gallons.
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