Maple syrup time!

Dominick has been lugging hundreds of gallons of sap from our beautiful sugar maple trees to our new evaporator. We stoke the fire to boil it down for days on end and voila- tasty syrup. (As an added bonus Dominick has brushed off his middle school knowledge of ratios, density, temperature, vials and the like to calculate when to stop boiling - the riskiest moment.)

Well, we have 5 delicious gallons of syrup canned and waiting for summer csa boxes now. 

Its amazing what trees do and how little we know about them. Next on  my reading list is The Secret Life of Trees.

 our new evaporator! 

our new evaporator! 

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the beautiful old maple

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