WEEKENDS Mid MARCH - Mid April, 2019
THE MAPLE TREES NEEDS WARM DAYS (ABOVE 32*) AND COOL NIGHTS (BELOW32*) BEFORE THE SAP WILL BEGIN TO DRIP.
THIS MEANS , THE TIME TO TAP TREES CHANGES FROM YEAR TO YEAR.
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US TO TAP TREES, TEND COOK FIRE, BOIL SAP AND FILTER FOR BOTTLING.
"THE SAP RISES IN THE SPRING"
Maple Syruping at Fisher Cat Creek -
MID MARCH - MID APRIL 2019
Hosted by David Welder and Veronica Glidden
March Maple Syrup/Sugar Workshops
Join us for our 5th annual small-batch maple syrup workshops held all March weekends 2019!
Whether you’ve tried this traditional late winter activity or not, we welcome all to attend, learn and participate.
It sure helps to ward off “Cabin Fever” and is a fun kick-off party to Spring!
Weekends from mid-March though mid-April of 2019
(weather permitting - see next paragraph)
When to tap trees?
When the days start to warm to above freezing and the nights are still below freezing,
it takes only a couple of consecutive warm sunny days with freezing nights to create internal pressure in the tree,
which makes the sap “run”.
From the time of first tapping, you have about a 4-5 week sapping window.
Once the days and nights stay above freezing, buds begin to develop and the sap becomes bitter,
so it is time to stop collecting it for the season.
If timed and tapped correctly, a healthy tree will not be harmed by 1 to 4 tap holes each
(depending on tree diameter). We generally tap two holes per maple tree.
What kind of trees produce sap that can be used to make syrup or sugar?
Each has its own subtle flavor profile, but Sugar Maples (a hard wood) are most used because they produce
a lot of sugary sap. We utilize Red Maple trees that are plentiful on our property.
These are fast-growing semi-soft maple trees that produce syrup with a slightly different but very agreeable taste
(with Vanilla notes).
What to expect?
We will be………
Identifying, selecting and tapping trees,
Tending cook fire
Collecting full sap buckets
Monitor sap boiling
Filtering syrup into bottles
You can participate in any or all tasks… or, you can just watch!
AMATEURS and EXPERTS WELCOME!
What to Bring
Weather appropriate gear for spending time in the forest.
Bottles of syrup will also be available for purchase.
Contact us about the weekend that works best for you.
We have openings for 10 workshop attendees per day, reserve yours now!