After resting up for the evening we hit the woods again as the temp started to rise on Wednesday, the sap dribbled most of the day under a heavy cold rain. Vacuum was up to 27.5" in all of our releasers. By mid afternoon warmer air began moving in on breezy south winds and temps rose rapidly. Around 4 we left the woods and found the sap was running well. Flow continued to pick all evening. The highest flow I recorded was 2400 gallons per hour during the late evening and the air temp was 51degrees! Tanks began filling pretty quick, and we had to pump sap from our pump houses and RO sap all night. Flow really slowed by the next day as expected because sap never runs well when the temp drops regardless of whether it is 35 or 55 degrees. We boiled all day and well into the night and made 19 barrels which is one of our largest boils of sap from a single day. This is unheard of this time of the year. I think the reason that it ran so well is that the previous few days got the trees unthawed and the ground was not frozen at all. Typically there is some frost in the ground and it takes a stretch of real warm weather to get things running very well, usually the first week of April. I think that is why we had a below average season last year. Grade was high Amber Rich by the end of the boil.
Looks like we will be froze up for the next 10 days or so, but I see the Climate Prediction Center is calling for above average temps in the 8-14 day as well as 3-4 week prediction. We will see if those temps are high enough to get the sap running. Over all we are super pleased with how the season has began and have made about 12% of a full crop, and can't wait to get some more warm weather. I am hoping we get enough snow this week to keep the ground insulated from the cold temps coming in for the weekend.
We are bottling 3 or 4 barrels of 2016 maple syrup this week so now is a good time to place a web order. Thanks to all of those who have in the last week.