Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sugar Loop 2010 - From Maple Tree to Sap

From the Maple Tree to Sap...
Maple Trees are a blessing!  

We tapped 70 trees this year beginning March 3rd and untapping April 5th.

Following are photos from our Sugar Loop Day 1 thru Day 4...Tappin' Trees:

Make a hole in the tree at an upwards angle (about 10 degrees) with no more than a 2" depth. 

Hole waiting for a tap...the sap is already drip, drip, dripping.

 Kiah digs in her bucket for a tap.

Milo hammers the tap into the hole.

Diggin' out the arches.

Collecting firewood for the upcoming fire.

Don't forget to taste the sweet sap right from the source!
Look for our next post "From Sap to Syrup" in the next few days.


woolies said...

sooooo are you going to sell any of your maple syrup????? Looks like SO much fun, not to mention yummy.


BirchLeaf Designs - Wendy and Mojo said...

No selling...we don't have a "licensed" kitchen. We like to trade! Or gifts! Super fun, especially for the kids.

Prettydreamer said...

Wendy ... we love maple season ... we haven't tapped ourselves (yet!) ... but have friends that do ... do you and the children enjoy the maple tea? So much fun sampling!! ~Pamela

FairiesNest said...

This brought back wonderful memories! When I was little we were surrounded by maple "farms", it was so much fun to be a part of the whole process.

Dayanara said...

Just got a flashback reading your post. I remember reading Little House in The Big Woods by Laura Ingals Wilder and the maple tapping party was my favorite part. Great post! D.

CurlyMonkey said...

Wow Wendy! Looks like it is a lot of fun! Beautiful pics!

EvesLittleEarthlings said...

We used to tap our neighbour's 3 trees when the kids were little and it was so much fun! Sap tea was a yearly treat. Good luck with your large operation

Polar Bear Creations said...

We lived for many years in Ontario Canada and went to the Sugar Bush every year.
We love Maple Syrup and it was always such a great learning experience for the kids too.
Lucky you that you can do it in your own yard. :0)

Lala's Pequenos said...

I didn't realize that you could eat the sap right out of the tree! So cool!