The season finale!

by Don 4/14/2023 7:39:00 AM

April 13th was the day we threw in the towel on the 2023 season. We were 6 days into a continuous flow of sap but the last 3 were in the 80s which set high temperature records.This melted any remaining snow, took the ice off our lake and began to turn the sap cloudy. The sugar content of the sap dropped from 2+ % to only 1.2%. This is one of the early signs that the season is coming to a close. The sugar sand (niter) more than doubled which plugs the filter press sooner and builds up on he syrup pans. We also found more foaming of the sap. All this adds up the time to “ put a fork in it”! So we did. We actually had quite a good season making 483 gallons of syrup on our 1050 taps.

Now the cleanup process begins.