New England roads now are dotted with pails, this year put out earlier because of the warm winter.
Farmers who produce hundreds or thousands of gallons of maple syrup have necessarily adopted ever more elaborate equipment. But the process to make just enough syrup for a family (and maybe a few friends) is simple, satisfying, and does not require reverse osmosis.
I took a turn with the auger, making sure the hole angled downward.
For sap to flow, the temperature has to be above freezing during the day but drop below freezing during the night.
One Drip at a Time
A watch dog watching.
This has not been a great season.
Adding to the Supply
Straining Out Some Debris
Since the stove is going anyway, mind the temperature and...
....evaporate away most of the water.
Now just add the requisite Richard or David Attenborough monologue.