|THE SUGAR SHACK|
|LIFT THAT BUCKET, PULL THAT SLED|
|STOKE THAT FIRE|
|SOME CALL IT SPRING|
Yesterday we collected about fifty gallons of sap, and I assume Andy and Judy will boil sap into syrup all day today. The sap collected the last few days, some partially boiled down already, should yield almost three gallons of syrup. I have to emphasize to readers that this is a small and pretty much old fashioned operation, and big commercial processors would be collecting sap by running hose lines from tree to tree to collection points, and might add pumps and such as well, and have a more efficient system all the way around. But then it becomes so expensive it has to be a real business, and that is not Andy and Judy’s intent. So we all lug and trudge, and feed the wood stove, and in return get fresh air, plenty of exercise and enough syrup to last all year and give away to all the “worker bees” and many others.
We have crocus blooming on the south side of the house. Some will call that spring.