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Late, but final update from the sugarbush

by Mary 5/15/2019 1:48:00 PM

I'm not sure where the time has gone, but the days flew by with the final syruping, cleaning, bottling, more cleaning and we didn't add any posts to spring production after early April. 

We ended up with a grand total of 531 gallons for 2019 from our 1050 taps, and truly feel the syrup made this year is the best it has ever tasted. Whether that is due to the more constant heat of the propane evaporator, vs our wood -fired evaporator, we don't know. The end result is the maple syrup tastes terrific! We hope others agree with us this weekend at the MN Maple Syrup Producer's Association meeting in Aitkin, MN. You be the judge when you taste our syrup!

On another related note, we just bottled a delicious Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup in cooperation with Tom and Jean Slattery of JJ's Wine, Spirits and Cigars in Sioux Falls, SD.https://jjswine.com  They provided Somerskogen Sugarbush with an 11 year old  Knob Creek Single Barrel . We aged some of our 2018 maple syrup in the barrel for 6 months and the flavor is amazing! We have a very limited supply of these bottles, so if you are interested, order soon.

We'll have another Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup ready around September, this barrel from Buffalo Trace.  It will be interesting to taste the difference from the Knob Creek.

Thank you for reading our posts and ordering our maple syrup. We appreciate it!

 

 

 

Sap Flowing!

by Mary 3/20/2019 7:46:00 AM

Spring has arrived in the sugarbush with the sap finally flowing. By this time last year, we had made over 100 gallons of maple syrup. What a difference a year can make! As of yesterday, we have about 1200 gallons of sap to boil - more to add today, with highs in the mid 40's. We look forward to boiling and tasting this years maple syrup. 

Today we'll continue to walk the sap lines, identifying and repairing any loose fittings or leaks. These repairs will give us our maximum vacuum pressure, which increases the sap yield dramatically.  The snow pack is still deep in the woods  - this should help extend our late season.

Here is the extended forecast for our area - looks promising for sap flow.

  

More snow - waiting for sap flow

by Mary 3/10/2019 11:24:00 AM

Since the last post, we have finished putting in all the taps and hooked up the releaser where the sap flows into the final tank, deep in the woods. We estimate having 1050 taps - up a little bit from previous years.We're hopeful the deep snowpack, increased number of taps and improved tubing configuration leads to a banner year of maple syrup production.

 

 

It looks like we may not see much sap flow until the third week in March - quite different than the past years. Though we will have a warmup this week and rain the temperatures cool down again for many days. At this rate, we may be making maple syrup the end of April! A record amount of snow fell in February and we had another 5- 6" last night - we're running out of room to put the snow! March is also our third snowiest month. Let's hope Minnesota has a gradual thaw or there will be significant flooding.

Here is the latest link to the forecast from meteorologist Paul Douglas at the StarTribune: