In the early days of this blog, I used to wax on about history, tradition, and making memories with our children. My husband and I still feel this way...I just don't go on about it like I used to on this blog.
We feel it is important to reconnect with our roots as Canadians.
To make things from scratch that we all take for granted these days.
On that note, it's been on our minds to tap sugar maples and try our hand at home made maple syrup.
We go to the sugar bush every year
(as is tradition in some families over the March Break aka "Maple Madness")
The kids spend more time trying to get their hands on the "sweet water" than actually learning about how syrup was made in the past and how its made today.
We were determined to change that!
Not sure if you remember but we started out approximately 2 years ago by marking the trees in the fall. (Original post link below...)
It sounded obvious, but if you are going to identify a tree by its leaves, you can't wait until March to do that.
We spray painted a small dot on the trees that looked to be in good condition and hoped for a good spring.
The years passed, while our lives got busy with moving and selling our house.
We were just about to turn our heads in the maple syrup tapping direction this year, when my husband noticed the 7 day forecast was showing very favourably for tapping weather!
The research began...with numerous searches on several different websites.
Of the various sites my husband looked at, the one below was the only one he bookmarked:
We also looked at the following book's chapter on maple tapping:
One trip to the local hardware store and we have all we need for our adventure...
(It was only about $140 including taxes)
10 blue buckets
10 plastic lids with holes punched into them
10 spouts (spiles)
1 drill bit (7/8")