The sap of our maple trees looks and tastes like water with a hint of sweetness. This sap only flows in late winter. The ideal weather has nights in the 20s and days warming up to the 40s. Different types of maples have different amounts of sugar. Some of our maple sap averages about 1 gallon of syrup per 60 gallons of sap or less. We collect the sap through plastic tubing and boil in an open pan. When the sap is almost ready, we bring inside and finish in a pot. The syrup is then strained and bottled at 180 degrees F.
Maple syrup has about 50 calories per tablespoon with significant amount of minerals, specifically calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and iron. There are also trace amounts of vitamins; B2 (riboflavin), B5 (pantothenic acid), niacin, and folic acid- all with no fat and no cholesterol.
We have already made about ten gallons and will make every day when the temperature is right. Come and tour to see our production and be sure to join us for our Maple Fest and Pancake Breakfast on the first Saturday in March! We can’t wait to share this delicious treat with you!