Quite a season as we perform our finale for 2017. It’s hard to quit when the sap keeps flowing, but all good things come to an end.
Looking back over the daily journal for 2017, this season proved to be the earliest on record starting our first boil on February 19. Our conclusion was April 14th. Not a record breaking season for us, but we made really great tasting syrup. The majority of the maple syrup we produced being Dark Amber (Grade A).
The last phase of our season, is preparation for the 2018 season; Line cleaning!
If you are reading this, are a local and looking for a short-term job working in our sugarbush. Please contact us. Must be physically fit and able to carry a water-pack weighing 35lbs.
Here is the Wisconsin Sap Report from Roth Sugarbush.
Included video here – When changing the flow direction of the syrup across the pan, we draw off 15 gallons and change sides. Put it back in to the pan for finishing, wait a little bit and Bob’s your uncle …
There’s never a guarantee as to how much sap we’ll get in a day. Big flows are illusive and we’re hoping in the coming weeks it will hit. Temperatures forecasted look conducive!
Slow and steady wins the race …
Since April 1st we’ve been making a lot of Dark Amber – Grade A, and buttery flavored at roughly 325-350 gallons a day.
Sugar Content has been holding at 2.5, which is good. But could be better. The sugar sand has been nominal and our pan cleanings have escalated to an every other day thing.
Here’s the Sap report from Wisconsin, seems they’re on the end run. But we’re doing great here in NE Minnesota
Out of town, out of state or just out of your mind (like I am) and you missed last nights broadcast on Fox 21 in Duluth, here it is again in living color … “really great presentation about our sugarbush and Wild Country Maple Syrup!”
Follow this link:
Maple Syrup Producing on the North Shore by Brittney Merlot of Fox 21 KQDS Duluth
ps: I’d be happy to perform that sap dance, if you buy a pint of maple syrup!
Hello everyone, here’s our sugarbush update for Sunday April 2nd:
It’s been a busy week for sugaring. Big runs these last few days have brought us to 50% our seasonal crop. “Doing well!” I’d say … and the sap keeps flowing!
Brittney Merlot from Duluth’s KQDS Fox 21 TV News, interviews Carrie Baker of Wild Country Maple Syrup – Click the picture to zoom – because it’s really cute. Very fun!
This past Thursday, we got a visit from Brittney Merlot, Meteorologist of KQDS Fox 21 in Duluth. Northland folks are in for a treat this evening to see and hear all about our maple sugaring from the tree to the bottler.
I’m thinking this will be cool and not embarrassing because every time I get in front of the camera I go blah, blah, blah. It was exciting to have a Duluth TV station visiting us and Brittney was so nice and accommodating about interviewing during our seasonal business schedule. I’m sure everyone else did great, especially our partners, Wild Country Maple Syrup. We’re really excited for them because they’ve worked so hard to build their business.
Anyhow let me know how the program goes, we don’t have TV here and of course, we’ll be busy boiling!
Here’s the Sap Report from Roth Sugarbush in Wisconsin.
Enjoy your week!