I needed a little project this winter/spring to keep me out of trouble. Something productive, fun, and sweet. Since my friend Rixa taps her maple tree for syrup, I figured I could, too. Not her maple of course, mine! So with some info from Rixa, and spiles from tapmytrees.com (I know, isn't that the greatest url ever?) I'm on my way to making maple syrup.
Here's the 411. I drilled a hole in the tree about 3 feet from the ground. Rixa said to angle the hole down. Which makes sense and I'm glad she told me to because I'm sure I wouldn't have.
So far I've gotten a quart of sap which boiled down to about 3 tablespoons of syrup. Not impressive, yet. But those three tablespoons are the best maple syrup I've ever tried! I need to ask our neighbor if I can tap their tree in which case we will be swimming in sap. Not so much syrup, but that's ok.