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 was 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!
A friend showed me this book, Maple on Tap by Rich Finzer, and I read through it the other night.
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.
I enjoyed the authors personal perspective and stories about how he got into sugaring.
Overall, a good read for those interested in the topic!