Something is making this year an excellent one for maples to come out of the ground. Maple seedlings are everywhere.
This has been an amazing year for sap flow but we did not make the most of it. I was doing the heavy labor by myself, wood was running out, Winter had been long, boiling days unpleasant. So we pulled the plug being satisfied with 6 gallons which will suffice for our yearly consumption.
The syrup gets darker as the season progresses
The operation is still on hold pending more clement weather.