We had the chance this Thursday to help our friend’s Molly and Travis with their Maple Syrup production.  They tap about 100+ trees which they empty sap from daily.  The amount of sap they collect daily depends on the temperature and weather.  This was the second time this year they were boiling the sap down to syrup.  It is amazing to see how far they have come over the years!  It is definitely a more refined process than it was a few years ago.

A few maple syrup facts:
-It takes about 30-40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of Maple Syrup
-Sap flows best when the temp goes from below freezing nights to warm days
-On good days, sap can be collected more than once per day
-Maple syrup can be bought in Lutsen at Wild Country Maple Syrup and Caribou Cream (both up the Caribou Trail)

(Upper Right) Here are a couple of trees tapped on their land, (Upper Left) James is putting sap (looks like water still) into smaller jugs from the large container to bring to the boiler

(Middle Right)The boiler with sap in it (it fills the top tray), ( Middle Left)The fire which heats the sap down to syrup

(Lower) Molly skims loose particles off the top

They keep an eye on the syrup all through the day and night.  When the syrup is done it tastes like the best syrup you have ever had!  Once you try it, you will never go back to store bought syrup.  It taste great in coffee, oatmeal, pancakes, and much more! – Kris