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2022 Sugaring Season Update: April 11

We are closer to the end of sugaring than the beginning now. With no solid freezes last week the sap flow slowed down more and more each day. Still, we made 10 drums over the weekend and had a good freeze last night so we will have to wait and see what this week will bring. We are just 2 drums away from our record set in 2020!

As we get closer to the end of the season there are always a lot of challenges. The sugar content generally decreases which means it takes more sap to make a gallon of syrup. The hours of daylight are also increasing which results in warm air temperatures and also warmer sap. This warm sap processes faster in the RO, however, the sap will not last as long and ideally needs to be boiled the same day or it might spoil.  We also need at least 3000 gallons (ideally more) before we start the RO, so having enough sap to boil can be a challenge this time of year. Additionally on the boiling side, sap towards the end of the season foams more making it harder to keep in the pans and it can also be harder to filter. Stay tuned!