"Thawing days and freezing nights, that's when the sap flows." Late march, early April. Now that the days have been warmer, most of the sap's been collected and cooked down.
On Sunday the family took a field trip to Ellsworth, Wisconsin to a small maple syrup producer. Briefly lost, the "Pancake Feed" sign told us we were back on track. S & S Sugar Bush (the Stockwell family) has been producing maple sugar for four generations. This weekend they held a gathering with hayrides, maple cotton candy and maple sundaes. It was sticky, sweet, tasty fun. Watch this spot next year for the 2010 dates and times.
This baby can turn out 30 gallons an hour!