Although maple sugaring may happen once a year, the sweet taste of maple syrup and sugar can be enjoyed year round. It is often a community event. The process of making maple sugar, or sugaring, starts with collecting the maple sap from the trees in the late winter.
Once the sap is collected and has been strained, it is time to boil. This is a long process because the boiling sap must be watched to prevent it from boiling over or burning.
The general rule of thumb is that it takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup. The sap is mostly water and a large quantity of steam is produced in the reduction process. Once it reaches desired density, the syrup is filtered for removal of sediments and then bottled. Sometimes the syrup is boiled further down to get maple sugar.
If you would like to see the boil join us at Hilltop Farm on Sunday, March 7 for 11:00 AM to 2PM.