|The amount of water is measured in the tank to approximate the number of gallons collected. On this day we collected 90 gallons of sugar water.|
|Priming the Pump|
As the water boils down it gets sweeter and sweeter. One of the best parts of sugaring season is drinking the sweet sugar water right from the evaporating pan. It's hard to wait for the sugar water to be cool enough to drink.
|It's hard to see in this picture, but this sugar water is already getting a nice caramel color.|
Getting ready to sugar starts well before you bore the first tap. All of the wood that's too hard to split, or too punky goes on the sugar camp pile. It takes a lot of wood to cook down the sugar water into syrup. It takes 40 - 50 gallons of sugar water to make 1 gallon of syrup. That's a lot of wood.
|Stoking the fire is a great reward after being out in the cold and being all wet and muddy.|
|Farmer Dan with his fourth generation sugarers in training|