We just finished tapping our sugar maples that give us our Michigan maple syrup, well the sap anyway. We have a small sugar bush that has been consistent and reliable for years and it offers a good sap run every year. The tobacco river runs along the north side of our farm for almost a half mile and the maples trees follow the high bank along the river. We almost always have consistent run though it starts a little later than most of the sugar bush’s in our area because of the steep bank and shade that protects the trees from the warm spring sun.
The below freezing nights and warmer days of March is when the trees offer their sap and our maples tend to warm a little slower than in most places. We just finished up that last of the taps this afternoon and expect a good run tomorrow as the high temperature is likely to be around 50 degrees tomorrow. We offer maple syrup at our market along U.S. 27 through out the year and also through our Mid Michigan CSA program. It’s good stuff.
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In fact for dinner this evening I made some real maple syrup cinnamon sweet potatoes, one of my favorite ways to cook sweet potatoes, by the way. This has been an unusually warm winter that lacked snow too so we’ll see how the sap runs this year. I’ve heard a lot of old timers say they don’t think it’s going to be a good year but time will tell. The day to day weather during the run is what will determine how the year goes more than anything. Cold nights and warm days with taps on the south side of the trees is the recipe for maple syrup success. We are toying with the idea of boiling some of our own sap this year. We usually haul it down the road about six miles to a larger Michigan maple syrup operation that has been boiling sap for years, but we do that on shares so we don’t get as much syrup out of the deal. We only do around 100 taps so we are a small operation but we usually get around 40 gallons total and bring home around 20 gallons, not bad for a couple weeks work. You can buy Michigan Maple syrup from our market in Clare Michigan if your in the area or I can even send you a quart if you want to call or email me. My info is on the Contact page of this web site.
If your in the area, stop by the market and grab some Michigan maple syrup. We sell quarts and pints and price is around $11.00 and $22.00 for quarts I believe. It’s pure organic maple syrup, nothing added nothing taken away, it’s good just the way it is.