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Taffy Clayton 02-01-2012 10:03 PM

Maple syrup
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Does anyone tap their maple trees?
Because of the extreamly warm weather we are tapping our trees starting tomorrow.

franknbeans 02-01-2012 10:28 PM

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.

Taffy Clayton 02-02-2012 06:45 AM

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.

jrme 03-07-2012 02:29 AM

May not yeild much, but its a great learning experience, arround where i am you don't go to far without seeing tapped trees

Taffy Clayton 03-07-2012 08:49 AM

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. Thats about 60% of last years. I heard it is going to be a bad year everywhere. What about your area?

gigem88 03-07-2012 09:12 AM

That's pretty neat!

BoldComic 03-28-2012 03:28 PM

This has always interested me. :)

NorthWind 04-25-2012 02:29 AM

We do tap trees almost every year. Although this year we weren't able to do it because the weather warmed up too fast.

Yoshi 05-01-2012 08:22 PM

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....

Taffy Clayton 05-04-2012 10:11 PM


Originally Posted by NorthWind (Post 1470952)
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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