A long Winter and late Spring!

by Mary 4/10/2018 6:16:00 AM

We've had cold, snow and clouds for the better part of a week, and it seems like winter won't let go.  The coldest April since 1936, many of the lakes still have 2+ feet of ice.  The next four days look good day for sap flow, with temps expected in the lower 40's.  The weekend will return to below or near freezing, but we're on a positive trend towards warmer temps and sap flow. At this rate, we may still be syruping late April!

Here is the forecast for the next week:

Unusually Cold April Weather = No Sap Flow

by Mary 4/5/2018 7:40:00 AM

It seems quite strange to have February-like weather in April. Our last sap flow was 6 days ago and the forecast shows little sign of warming for another week. All we can do is sit and wait, and wonder if we'll be syruping in late April. Ever optimistic, the sap will eventually flow.

Here is the latest weekly forecast:


Waiting for warmer weather . . . . still

by Mary 3/12/2018 7:55:00 AM

With little to no sap flow in the past week, we've had a chance to power wash equipment, find leaks in tubing, and bottle syrup, so we have enough barrels for this year's crop of maple syrup. While we were bottling last week, we had a fun visit with Molly Rosenblatt, WCCO TV meteorologist and her cameraman, Brad. Here is a link to their story on Somerskogen Sugarbush:

The long range forecast looks terrific for sap flow!

Let the maple syrup season begin!