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Warm Weather and Mixed Emotions

Like many other forms of agriculture, maple sugaring is heavily dependant on the weather. Maple syrup is produced during the transition from winter to spring, when the temperature at night is still below freezing and the days warm up to around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Only this unique pattern of freezing and thawing causes maple trees to produce the sweet sap that is boiled down into maple syrup. So while most people can't wait for warm weather and the end of cold temperatures, sugarmakers usually aren't quite as excited. We need those freezing nights to continue a little longer and keep our season going. We look forward to putting the heavy jackets away just as much as anyone else, we just...

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Wood Fired Sugaring

Sugarmakers today burn either wood or oil to produce the energy required to boil sap down into syrup. There are advantages to each method but at Windswept Maples we have always used wood as our fuel source for sugaring. Burning wood has made the most sense for us because it is a resource we have on our own property, and every year we have to cut up limbs and trees that have blown down on our tubing lines anyways. In addition to being a cost conscious decision, we burn wood because everyone enjoys loading the firebox while we are boiling. "Firing the evaporator" is always a sought after job on a breezy day in March, and one that usually draws...

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Current syrup total: 1085 gallons

The last ten days have brought us into the thick of the sugaring season here at Windswept Maples. The weather has been right and the sap has been running, allowing us to boil almost every day over the last two weeks. With the help of several neighbors and good friends we've produced 765 gallons of syrup in the month of March, putting us at a current total of 1085 gallons.

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Tree Tapping in progress

The sugaring season has started early this year. A stretch of warm weather allowed us to start tapping on February 13th. Click the link below to see photos from one of our maple orchards. Sugar Orchard Views Feb. 20, 2010

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