The days were warm and the nights were cold. Perfect weather for the sap to start running! In just four days we collected over five gallons of sap from the one tree that we tapped to monitor. The students boiled the sap to make sure any bacteria that might be present was killed. Once it cooled back down the students tasted the raw sap. To their surprise it looked like water and tasted like sugar water and not maple syrup. They were all shocked! We are now looking forward to coming back from February break and tapping the thirty trees that we have flagged. If the weather cooperates, we will collect over two-hundred gallons in no time at all. We will have a big celebration once this happens and we begin to evaporate most of the water to make syrup. Stay tuned for updates on our progress.
- Allendale Columbia could not have done this project without the generous help of our Sponsors! Thank you!!!!