March/April is ‘Maple Season’ in the area.sapcollection

Maple syrup season arrives, in the Aylen Lake area, usually late March. The timing varies, from year to year. Weather factors, certainly influence the sap flow. Snow/Rainfall, temperatures, and storm damages can all be significant factors.

As a hobbyist, I enjoy the outdoors, the family involvement, and a love for ’Maple Syrup’!Boildownview

The drought last summer, and this winters’ snow amounts make the syrup quality & quantity, difficult to predict. As winter seems to be holding on, I think the sap run will be later, at the end of the month, and into mid- April perhaps. Having consecutive days above +5c and overnite temps around -5c is key. This swing in temps, builds the gases within the sugar maples, to give flow.

For collecting purposes, I recycle 10/15l. water jugs, and sanitize them preseason.. This, is also beneficial at the boil down stage. For calculating amounts as you add to boil down. Plus using a 40:1 ratio of sap to syrup, I can approximate my end results!maplesyrup2013apr

Whether, it’s Maple Syrup on Pancakes & Waffles, or those little Maple Leaf shaped cookies,  Maple flavour is a great Canadian tradition!

I encourage a visit to a local ‘Sugarbush’, this spring. Take the family, and enjoy the outdoors, with some ‘Maple treats’ along the way!

Enjoy the Spring, everyone.

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