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Maple Tapping Day!

We tapped our maples over the weekend.  We’re about two weeks behind last year’s schedule and the weather is predicted to get a little cooler later this week, meaning the sap flow might stop for a few days.  Still the weather has been perfect and we wanted to make syrup while sap flows.  It’s always an exciting time, maple tapping season.  It’s exciting because it’s the beginning of our food production season, the beginning of adding to not just removing from the pantry.Maple Tapping Day - Homespun Seasonal LivingMaple Tapping Day - Homespun Seasonal LivingI’m not sure if maple tapping technically counts as gardening, but for us it has that feel.  It might not be digging in the dirt but it is food production, it is working with Mother Nature (for better and for worse), and it is supremely satisfying.

If you’re interested in tapping maples (or birch or box elder), check out this post about getting prepared.

Are you tapping this year (assuming you live in a climate that makes it possible)?


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Lisa from Iroquois

Thursday 27th of February 2014

Last year your blog made our first sugaring attempt a happy success. Right now we're watching the thermometer and hoping to start soon. Looking for an opinion on an experiment. I have some black walnut meats and I'm going to put them into some of last years syrup. I'd like to use them as gifts. Do you think we should water bath them to re seal the jars?


Thursday 27th of February 2014

I would can in water bath for at least 10 minutes. I've never seen a recipe I can't say it's approved, but I personally would give it a try.


Monday 17th of February 2014

Yay!!! We love maple syrup and the entire process of collecting the sap and cooking it down. We wish you a most productive season! Good thoughts, Karen