6:35 pm Friday The sap did indeed run overnight Monday. It was still surprisingly crystal clear Tuesday morning when we did the final boil of 2016.
Not only was it crystal clear, but the sap sugar was 2% - great!
Christopher wasn't able to help out with the boil. He was looking after his little one and expectant wife who's having a little sugar baby any day now.
That allowed Dave Hachey to help out Scott and fire the evaporator this time, after he and his wife had their own little sugar baby, Simon, just a week ago. Congratulations Dave and Christine! And good luck to Christopher and Amanda!
Given this wintry weather and fluctuating temperatures, you may wonder why we are not still making syrup.
It's because this is one of those years when the sap keeps running but it will no longer make good syrup.
The buds have swollen and the sap has an astringent after-taste, so we're all done.
It's hard to believe that we would have a season like this after the one in 2015. This year was our earliest start ever in the history of the farm, and was also the longest lasting season: 7 weeks. To top it all off, it was an above-average yield.
Last year was the latest-starting season ever, the shortest ever, and we don't want to talk about the yield...
All that's left now is the clean up: tapping out and pan-scrubbing.
Then there's woodpiles to replenish, but then we're getting into summer. Never mind.
For those who like end-of season syrup, come on up - it's on the shelf, along with syrup from earlier in the season and lots of maple butter, maple cream and maple candy.
Thanks to all of you who made the trek up to Sugar Moon this sugar season! And much appreciation for all the school kids and international students who've had - and continue to have - great field trips here.
Now's the time to book a chef night, bring family and friends up for brunch, plan your Mother's Day outing and get together with friends for a hike.
And sugar-on-snow? We're still offering it all day every weekend til the end of April. And after that? Book our Maple Magic package and you can get it year round!
Warm wishes from all of us,
Scott, Quita, Samara and Staff