Maple season 2015, started late and also very slowly. However this weeks things have really picked up. The trees are offering generous amounts of sap and Duane and Steve are doing their usual magic of making a good high quality syrup.
This is a very basic explanation of what I mean. Think of drinking a milkshake through a straw. If you have a hole in your straw, you have to work a little harder to get your milkshake. Put several holes in your straw, and you have to work even harder. To get a tight system takes a tremendous amount of work. At this time of year, this means snowshoes. We have fellows who are at this from early in the morning until the sun goes down and sometimes well after dark. Because we have pipes and tubing, it would be reasonable to think that there is very little manual labour involved. Not so, every tap is done by hand, and the same ground can be covered many times as sometimes taps pop out with the freeze and thaw, or an animal could bite a line or, or a brisk wind could pull something apart or sometimes I think tree elves do it just for fun. This business is built around good employees.
Once the sap gets to the sugarhouse, Devin works hard to get it through the reverse osmosis machines into concentrate so that Steve and Duane can evaporate it and turn it into syrup. They sometimes work late into the night and the steps heading to the loft look pretty.