Late Season Snow and Sap Flow Weakens

by Don 4/17/2014 10:24:00 AM

We were greeted by 3 inches of wet snow as we closed out our maple syrup production for the 2014 season.Sap flow decreased to less than 1/2 gal. per tap, but more importantly, the sugar content in the sap dropped to 1.4 % ( compared to ave. of 2.4 % ). This translates to over 60 gal. of sap to make a single gal. of syrup. This yield is too low to justify the time and wood necessary to continue on.We completed the day with 30 gal. of syrup. This closes out the production phase for us and ushers in the enjoyment phase for you. We only have a limited amount of Grade B syrup. If this is your preference, please order early to avoid disappointment.**** Email your preference for Grade B, available in quarts or gallons.

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Amazing sap flows!

by Don 4/6/2014 8:52:00 AM

The last four days have delivered a continuous run of sap like we've never seen at Somerskogen.  The crisp nights in the mid-20's, followed by a rapid rise to the 40's has resulted in sap production of over 1 1/2 to 2 gallons per tap, per day! The Reverse Osmosis machine ,which takes out 75% of the water in the sap,  has kept us from running out of storage capacity. We have been emptying the collection tank in the lower woods up to 4 times /day.

A few more days appear favorable to decent sap production before sustained warm weather slows down production.  There is still plenty of snow in the woods, so time will tell what happens with sap flows. We'll wait and see!

"Swimming in Sap"

by Don 4/4/2014 3:26:00 AM

The long awaited "great run", which we use to describe sap flows of greater than 1.5 gallon per tap in a 24 hour period, arrived twice this week, providing a test of coordination and management of our systems.

The result has been rapid processing and outstanding quality syrup.  Anticipation remains high for outstanding flows this weekend.

We have plenty of syrup for sale in a variety of bottle sizes.  Think spring and enjoy nature's gift from the maple trees.