Photo by Greg Hume
If you live in Vermont, you may recognize this fuzzy little creature, known as the Forest Tent Caterpillar. This North American native insect is found throughout most of the United States and Canada, mostly in the eastern regions wherever hardwoods can be found, where they favor sugar maples, ash and red oak trees.
View from below
Great is the only word to describe the 2016 crop. We produced the most syrup ever at our farm- both on a total number of gallons and pounds per tap!
A view from the woods.
It is peak maple sugar season and despite the unusual weather, it seems to be a good year at the farm for sugar making!
A snapshot of our crop to date.
The sap started to run in the late afternoon on Saturday and slowed down during the night.
Many hands are needed to change the back pan. Thank goodness for family!
On Tuesday we finished boiling the last of the sap from the weekend. The sap was running well and all four of the 3,000 tanks were still full of sap.
View of the sugarhouse
The weather forecast may have been looking grim, but little did we know we were in for a sweet surprise this past weekend.
One of our roads and woods
On Wednesday we finished filling drum 26. Today, the temperature was 37 degrees and we are all anxiously waiting for a good freeze to give the trees another recharge.
Sap in a tank
As we said goodbye to February, the sap was running, but not enough to turn on the Reverse Osmosis (RO) or boil.
Sampling the sweet sap directly from the tree.
Did you know that March is Maple Month?
Maple in flower
The season ended on drum number 129 for us. We made a little over 3 pounds of syrup per tap - far from record breaking, but average in historical terms for our farm.