It's maple tapping time when the days are warmed and drippy. The snow flows, rivulets of water, down our hill. The nights are still cold and frozen. This is when the maple sap flows in the maple trees, ready to be collected to make maple syrup.
Little hands help drill a hole in the trunk of a sugar maple tree, a spile (spout) is tapped in place. At once, the majestic maple drips sweet, crystal clear maple sap. Eager little cupped hands are ready to catch the first precious drops of the maple tree's sweetness.
Hands free—our even more mischievous daughter taste-tests.
We hang the maple sap bucket against the tree. The sap begins to 'plunk, plunk', a soft hollow sound in the empty metal pail.
Voyaging on to another tree. We will tap 6 trees with 10 buckets.
Listening to the 'drip, drip' as the buckets so slowly fill with sap. It's time to wait.
And wait. We need lots more drips before we have enough maple sap to make syrup.
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Maple syrup recipes! Try our all-natural recipes for pure maple caramel corn, maple whipped cream, and simple cinnamon maple butter. Top our recipe for fluffy whole wheat buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup too!
See step 2: making maple syrup for the rest of our maple sugaring adventure.
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