Monday

Maple Syrup Totals



If you've never had fresh maple syrup, there is no
 way to describe to you how good it tastes!

      I had people interested in our totals for maple syrup, especially with the weird season.  Total for this year, 3 gallons of syrup.  Two gallons of which, were given to family and neighbors.  Thank goodness we had 10 gallons last year and still had leftovers.

      From what we have heard, if we had tapped in Feb. we would have gotten some of that early flow and had a better harvest -- but, who knew?  Those who did tap in Feb., (very few) had a pretty good season.  There were sugarbushes (stands of maple trees usually tapped for maple syrup) that the trees never got tapped this year!  They missed the whole season.

     This year has been an eye-opener to making sure you have enough syrup stored for two years worth.  When you have a good season  -- put it up!  You never know what will happen next year.

.....dr momi   

Linked To: Homestead Barn Hop # 54

16 comments:

Mama Pea said...

Even with only getting three gallons this year, you did pretty good. According to prices around here, that comes out to over $150-$160 of maple syrup! (Now I want some pancakes!)

TexWisGirl said...

i was lucky to win a bottle from a blogger pal in s. wis. last year so have been slowly using that yumminess. :)

Treasures Evermore said...

Oh HOW I LOVE the taste of "real" syrup...not that fake stuff. But since I am off ALL sugar I miss it so much. When my children are having their pancakes...I'm drooling LOL.

Your photo alone makes me drool. LOL.

Have a great week.

odiie said...

Alas, I didn't get the taps in until two weeks ago and it was too late. We don't have any left over from last year, so we are syrupless.
Oh well, next year we'll have a better idea of the timing if we get more of this freakish weather.

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

Very interesting how it all works! I purchased some real Maple syrup during my visit to Vermont and I must say, it was so much better than the stuff from the supermarket.

Jill said...

Seems everywhere is having a low maple syrup year...thanks to this crazy year.

Sandi said...

Dr. Momi,

Wow! Can someone tell me HOW you get the maple syrup out of the trees? I'm new to this and am going to be planting some trees in replacement of some that came down in a winter storm this season. I'd love to be able to get my own maple syrup! Do all you do is plug a tap into the tree and collect the droppings? Thanks,
Sandi

dr momi said...

Mama Pea....pricey stuff isn't it? I hope we don'thave to buy any :-)

Tex....What a nice give-away to win! I'll have to think about doing that next year.

Treasures Evermore....good point -- maple syrup even though natural, is still sugar. It has lots of good minerals in it, but, it will still raise blood sugar. Kudos to you on being off all sugar!

odiie....syrupless, that is sad
:-( , sorry about the bad year. You weren't the only ones!

Marissa....and tasting it "just cooked down" is a whole different taste then say 3-4 months after it's been bottled. Both really good, but, superfresh is undescribable :-)

Jill.... it's a weird year. But your syrup now people, the price will be unreal.

Sandi....it is pretty much that easy. It will be quite a while before your trees are big enough to tap, but I always think of the next generation when I'm planting long growing trees (i.e. nut trees).
We drill a small hole in the tree, hammer in a "tap", collect the sap, cook it down, and wala...syrup. If you have older trees ready to tap, I'm telling you to "jump right in" you'll learn as you go! Google how to make maple syrup -- you'll have lots of info. Thanks for commenting...looking forward to getting to know you!

Clint Baker said...

I wish they would come up with a smella computer! That way we could a least smell that good syrup!

Candy C. said...

I'm glad you guys didn't miss out on the season alltogether!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Interesting about the 2 years at a time. Love fresh maple syrup. We've never tried tapping, but we have friends who are generous with theirs :-)

Sharon said...

The very, very best is that first taste of cooked down syrup!

Michaele said...

For some reason my mouth is watering.

Simply Scaife Family said...

Glad you were able to get some syrup this year...sure sounds tasty!

dr momi said...

Clint....you should invent that LOL!

Candy....we are so glad we got even a little bit. It was stll worth all the hassle of tapping and cleaning up.

Lisa.... got to know the right people LOL!

Sharon....exactly!

Michaele....wish I could share :-)

Ronda said...

You're right! It's like the old apple tree of mine. When it comes on, whoa! But other years, nothing. I count on the applesauce, like the maple syrup, getting me through two years. And yes, the syrup is so yummy! Ours is usually done over an open fire and gets a smokey flavor that goes great with breakfast items and BBQ.