Late winter and early spring is maple season. The trees are still dormant; the temperatures rise above freezing during the day but drop back below freezing at night. With this fluctuation in temperature, the sap begins to flow through the trees.
The process includes the following steps:
- Tap the trees and wait for the sap to collect in the buckets.
- Collect the sap, which is about 2% sugar.
- Boil the sap in the evaporator. The sap carmelizes and begins to turn an amber color.
- The sap becomes syrup when it is 66% sugar. It can then be bottled.
Watch the maple syrup process.