Tapping the Maples

We tapped the three Sugar Maples we have in our front yard this afternoon, and have already extracted about 2 gallons of sap from the trees. Now, it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup, so don’t expect to be getting truckloads of the stuff anytime soon.
On the biggest tree, I hit the carotid artery; we have extracted nearly 2 gallons from that one tap. It should be even faster once the temperature starts to rise more.

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