Cold and sap-less❄️

Waiting for warmer temps...and here’s the sugarmaker’s take on things - Sugar Moon Scott says...

 So, it's been 8 days since we fired up the evaporator for the first time this year. This picture shows why.  There's approx 175 gallons of frozen sap in this tank (850 gallon capacity), nowhere close to what we need for another boil.

Over this past week, despite what other parts of Nova Scotia may have been like, we saw a daytime high of plus 1 Celsius (March 5th) and the rest were either 0 degrees or below. Nighttime temperatures have ranged between 0 to minus 9. Trees don't give us their sap at those temperatures.

Why have things been so different elsewhere in the Province? Blame it on our elevation and what side of the mountain we're on. We've seen this before up here....

The upside is that a mid-March start to the sugar season used to be the norm. Fingers crossed!”
Frozen sap❄️
Frozen sap❄️

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Comments: 4
  • #1

    DJ (Friday, 13 March 2020 08:25)

    Would you be boiling sap during the weekend of March 14-15?

  • #2

    Sugarmoonscott (Friday, 13 March 2020 09:29)

    All depends on the trees and weather. When/if we get enough sap to boil, we'll let folks know on our facebook page. Being able to predict days ahead is virtually impossible. We never really know what the trees will do. It isn't uncommon to not know until the morning of a boil that it will happen. The joys of the craft

  • #3

    Will (New ross) (Wednesday, 25 March 2020 11:06)

    Just wondering if you’ve had anything running (March 25, 2020) I have not had much of anything for the last week or so. I collect sap in buckets. I’m hoping today with the warm sun and no wind it may kick things up.

    How long does the season normally last? This is my first year tapping trees


  • #4

    Sugarmoonscott (Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:02)

    Hey there, to be honest, I haven't checked my sap line yet today (Wednesday march 25th). While my thermometer at home has been fluctuating between 1-3C , accuweather has been saying 1-2 for Earltown all day. I suspect they might be right for the temperature up in my woods. After the super cold sunday-monday we just had (-14 monday morning!), I'm not expecting to find much when I go down this evening to stoke the fire in the restaurant. The trees might surprise me though. We'll see.
    As far as season length goes, 3-6 weeks is the average but the last 2 years have been closer to 8. Tap holes for buckets and gravity feed tubing (my set up) generally are good for 8 weeks. So, we'll see about that too!


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