Thursday, March 11, 2010
We've just come off several gorgeous sunny days. As I write this, it is raining, and predicted to do so for the next few days, but up until this morning spring has been building. It has even remained above freezing at night! The problem with that is that for the sap to run in the maple trees, it needs to be above freezing during the day and below freezing at night. Ideally, it is about 40ºF during the day, or a little warmer, and about 20ºF at night. If it is too cold, the sap will freeze up and stop running. If it is too warm, the sap stops running also. So this year will probably be a poor syrup year. The winter wasn't very cold around here, and now it is warm already. Good thing I have some syrup left from last year.