After getting back from Texas we went looking for some more sap buckets and found some that an Amish man was selling for a cheap price. Seems like most people and now the Amish are doing away with sap buckets and going to tubing. Anyway, after getting the buckets we drove through the hills on our way home and found this old place. We couldn't quite tell if was actually lived in, it almost looked abandoned but then you can see the decorations on the fence. This old log home was awesome, the corners of the logs were dovetailed and just simply beautiful. This was back in February and there was snow on the ground in the valleys and on the ridges.
Then it started to warm up. It seems like the sugaring season is backwards, usually we get the darker syrup at the end of the season when the weather starts to get warmer, but we had the warmer temps in the middle of the season so when we gathered the sap from the buckets the sap was warm. Now, the temps are more like when it's the beginning of the season with the temps being absolutely perfect. And, we gathered over 150 gallons of sap on Sunday so there will be more boiling this week. We made this past weekend 3.625 gallons of what we call golden amber delicious syrup. The two boils before this we got darker syrup which is fine I use it for cooking/baking and now to make maple sugar.
We got what we call a sugar snow that froze and reset the sap run again. We are definitely not done with sugaring and it all started with a snowstorm.