All week-long I have been watching my local friends on Facebook talking about.. Tapping Should I tap now. I got a small run but the flavour is off or I tapped and nothing is running.
Locally, to the farm the two biggest tapers are working quite differently the one that runs the blue plastic lines is having runs but the other that runs buckets has not even started yet.. I am not seeing buckets out on a number of other local’s either so they like me at waiting a bit yet.
If I am seeing the forecast right for next week, perhaps it would be a good idea to put some taps in this Sunday and see what comes. However nothing wrong with waiting that extra week and being ready to tap for march.
I have not decided if I am going to tap this year or not, you see I do not have a lot of tree’s on the farm.. and where I used to be able to just cross the road and tap, that land got sold a couple years ago and so now if I want to tap in a bigger way, I need to hike-sled in to my six acres of gifted lot down from the farm. Normally this is not that big of a deal, its a nice hike in and out to get to the edge that has the best tree’s that get the morning sun and give the best run.
However with my much more fragile health and with the flooding we are having, I do not have a nice snow pack to sled on, and I am a touch worried about pushing myself in this way.. sometimes it pays off to be honest.. Do I want to put the energy into the home farm or do I want to put that energy into making Maple syrup this year.
I am still mulling but I am leaning toward buying my maple syrup from up the road this year, its supporting a fellow small farmer, its super local, as in I can walk up the road to the farm to my left to get it if I wanted to do so.
On the other hand, I find myself craving maple water which means that I will most likely tap a couple tree’s in my own yard to get enough sap to boil it down half way and drink it as a spring tonic
If you tap, do you also drink the sap or half done sap as a spring health tonic? Do you crave it like I do each spring? Here is hoping to a good maple run this year..