Maple Sugaring on the Homestead and a Book Review: Maple on Tap by Rich Finzer

We just finished our sugaring for the year! The weather has been warming up and the sap was turning yellow telling us it tapping our maple treeswas time to pull out and finish up for the season.  Made some darn good Vermont maple syrup if I do say so myself!

This spring we only tapped one tree but it is a big old maple that has stood on the property for hundreds of years and can handle three to four taps each season. We did three this year and were able to put up about seven jars of syrup. That equals to about a gallon of syrup! Plenty for us to use for the year!

our maple syrup

A friend showed me this book, Maple on Tap by Rich Finzer,  and I read through it the other night.

maple on tap book front

It is a fantastic book for those who want to know more about sugaring and try it out on their own. The pictures are descriptive and beautiful and the text is easy yet informative to read. The nice thing about this book is that it has simple instructions for those just starting out and needing a little guidance, but it also goes into the technical side of sugaring with correct temperatures, tools, and the science of creating maple syrup.

inside the book

I enjoyed the authors personal perspective and stories about how he got into sugaring.

Overall, a good read for those interested in the topic!

 

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4 responses to “Maple Sugaring on the Homestead and a Book Review: Maple on Tap by Rich Finzer”

  1. Judy@grandparentsplus2 says :

    We just pulled our lines in yesterday and have started the clean up process. It was a good year here in NH. There is nothing like ‘pure’ maple syrup!

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