It’s the process of tapping Maple trees for sap to make what we consider liquid gold – real maple syrup. The season lasts from 4-6 weeks in March and April. During that time you will see sap buckets hanging from trees all around the area. You may see one in the front yard of someone’s home or a whole bunch of them in a tree farm just off the highway.
The sap must be boiled for a long time. It boils down considerably as it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of real maple syrup. We say “real” because you just haven’t tasted maple syrup until you’ve had the real thing. Be warned, though, for some there is no turning back and the pancake syrup they used to eat is no longer welcome in their home.
We not only get to experience the heavenly taste of real maple syrup but we can have maple butter, maple candy and taffy, maple sugar, and a host of other creations from this crystal clear, magical sap. Be sure to take some home with you. It makes wonderful gifts for those who had to stay home and work. Once you start asking around you will find you know lots of real maple syrup lovers and you now have lots of good ideas for them for Christmas.