Now that Spring is in the air, I wanted to take advantage of our big old maple tree. I had asked around to see if anyone wanted to come tap our tree and mostly people thought I was a little crazy. Generally people said, "No, not one tree." Alas, Monday morning I had gone to the bank to drop off a deposit and the teller mentioned that her husband was sugaring that morning. Of course I got all excited and said, "Will he come tap our tree?" Pat, "Ummm...no. Not for one maple. But, I could give you the items to tap it yourself." I was thrilled!
So, off we went on a field trip to the Coolidge Homestead in Jay to their Alpaca farm and Sugaring House to watch the process.
You can see that the Coolidge's have a beautiful piece of property and I felt so lucky that Pat invited me over. Pat brought us into the sugaring house where her husband was boiling the sap down. Oh, the wonderful smell inside, an airy sugary smell my writing skills can't even come close to describe!
When it had reached the correct thickness, he gave us each a little cup of syrup. As soon as I had my first sip all the taste buds in my mouth exploded. A little sip of heaven in the Glen!
When I was done asking a million questions, they provided us with the spouts, buckets, and a drill to collect the sap from our lone tree.
We had determined that our tree was large enough for three buckets. Here is Drew drilling the first hole. Immediately, sap started flowing out of the small hole since it had been a cold night and we were having a beautiful 50 degree day!
After tapping the tree and placing the spout, I hung the bucket. Very exciting!
I realize that it's going to take a lot more than our three little buckets of sap to produce anything substantial, but we'll keep collecting and hope for a least another little cup full of OUR very own maple syrup.
I leave with all of you a picture of our beautiful maple with it's three buckets hanging in all their glory.