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Lesson 283 – Maple syrup and one last look at that turkey

In a bit of a rush today as I have to be off-site but I thought I’d put up a few more photos from our journey to a sugar maple/honey/poultry farm this weekend.

It’s maple syrup season in New Hampshire and the sap is flowing. For those who don’t know it takes approximately 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. It’s a pretty labor intensive process but oh, so well worth it. The good news is that in the spring the sap flows freely and if you are set up with a good tap system, you can collect tons.

At the farm we visited they use surgical tubing from the tap to the bucket. This is the first time I’ve seen this type of system. I’m more used to the traditional tap with silver bucket hanging. A system of tubes makes so much sense, they were all interconnected and fed into a large (very large) tub. Certainly saves on the trips needed out to the woods.

tapped Maple trees

Of course the reason to collect the sap is because this is what you end up with. Continue reading


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