We officially kicked off the 2012 Sugaring season last Wednesday. As of today we have about 5000 of 18,250 tapped. We actually turned one of our vacuum pumps on yesterday while tapping as the sap was running a little, but we did not save it. We do this mainly to keep the sap from staying in the lines and drying up the tap hole early. It does look like it will be in the 40's next Wednesday, so we may actually boil. We should have about 7000 tapped by then. We are by no means ready, but we will be able to make syrup if we do get a run. We still have to install a 3rd vacuum pump, and do a lot of plumbing in the woods and sugarhouse. We need are expanding our reverse osmosis, but will do that after this potential run. It may take us a day or so to do, we are not sure. The season is certainly coming waaaayyyyyy sooner than we would like, but as the saying goes make hay when the sun shines. We are hoping to make 9,000+ gallons this season, maybe we will put a small dent in it this week. If we do boil it will be by far the earliest we have ever made syrup. Check back o
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