If you are any where in the north, and by north, I mean north of Atlanta! My farm is in Ontario and we have had a LONG, COLD winter. My horses have spent more time in their blankets than out of their blankets in the unheated barn! And, it’s been my experience that when you have a farm, and particularly if you have animals on the farm, you check the weather constantly. I check my weather app in the middle of the night! This morning for the first time in months, the temperature is hovering just below freezing and that means that we will all go into a frenzy to set up for maple syrup season!
Washing pails, making sure you have enough lids, and the wire that holds the lid, checking taps and of course, making sure your trail to the pails is clear enough to get to the sap. I use a snowmobile to pat down the trail. I use a Yamaha Rhino with a 100 gallon plastic container in the back to bring the sap from the maple forest to the place where I boil. I will make sure I have gas in the Rhino and rinse out the 100 gallon container.
I have a new maple syrup evaporator with stacked stainless steel pans. I had it build with the pans stacked so that while the sap is boiling down, the residual heat will pre-heat the fresh, newer sap, saving a lot of time and heat. The two pans are piped so that as one batch is finishing, the next batch is ready to drop into the boil pan. My evaporator is lined with fire-brick, so I will check the fire-brick and make sure that it’s in good repair for this season.
Spring is in the air!