|Licking out the bowls after we have a finished product.|
I confess, I'm not a fan of winter, or at least the end of it. It's been cold, dreary and grey a little too long for my liking and by the time it does start to thaw, the mud is incredibly obnoxious. There is a silver lining though and that's maple syrup season.
|Look at the sap flow!|
This year, we were a little more prepared to collect sap. I saved milk jugs and Jack had marked all the usable maple trees before the leaves fell off so we'd know which trees to tap. Then, towards the end of February, when the nights dipped below freezing but the days were warmer and above freezing, we put the taps in the trees and waited for the sap to flow.
|Henry "helping" collect sap.|
|Boil, boil, boil.|
|Mmm...Claire likes it straight from the tree.|