It's been a busy week at Canadian Organic Maple. We've had a great sap run and everyone is getting tired but yet still excited because we're hoping to meet all of our targets and maybe even overshoot by a bit. Today, Saturday, the weather was all over the place. We started with sun which turned to cloud and ended the day with snow, even though the temperature was above zero. Strange. My guess is the trees like this and the sap flow today reflects it. Tonight Linda served a delicious Easter supper for all crew members. Thank you, Linda, it was delicious as always.
To date, I've talked a lot about the people working in the sugarhouse who do a marvelous job of turning sap into syrup. Now I'd like to talk about the woods crew who do an equally important job of getting the sap from the tree to the sugarhouse. This is a massive job. Our sugary covers nearly 500 hectares and it involves miles and miles of legwork to get 120 000 taps in production. Not everyone is comfortable in the woods. Some of us have issues with direction and we need to rely on street signs. I listen to the guys talk and their directions will go something like this: "Just take the road off to the left, veer past the clump of trees on your left. You'll see an old birch. Go a little ways. Take the trail off to the right. At the first clump of trees..." you get the picture. The amazing thing is, they actually understand this jargon and they know exactly where they are going. I'm a bit nervous in the woods but they tell me to follow the blue line downhill and I will eventually come to the sugarhouse. Wink wink.