Weather: Get ready for a run. The temp just climbed above freezing and will stay there probably until Saturday night, and not just above freezing but into the 50’s. The forecasted rain isn’t ideal for a sap run, but I predict the floodgates will open nonetheless.
Fringe Run: At 32.5 degrees on Tuesday, all that strong sun on the crowns of the maples fostered a decent sap run. At 30 degrees Wednesday, the same strong sun on the crowns wasn’t enough.
Sap Sweetness: On Tuesday, a gratifying 2.7%.
Off went the blower.
Out came the white buckets,
Down to the outdoor faucet went the press plates on a wheelbarrow.
Over here dragged the hose.
Into pail after pail splashed the syrup from the pans that didn’t have a place to go.
Around the whole rapped Chops’s commands
-Loop the syrup through!
-Shut that gate valve!
-Line up the papers with those holes!
An hour later, I turned the CD player back on and the four of us took turns wolfing down some chili.
Music to Boil By: Anything banjo so far this year.
Could those be bear tracks traversing Morningside? They’re some big.