Written by club members Keira and Lena:
The 2017 maple sugaring season was filled with nothing but success. Three veteran group members presented at a science conference and have caught the attention of colleges throughout New York state. As the 2018 season begins, we are looking for ways to increase our sales, and work on communicating with our community.
The sugaring team has already started identifying the sugar maple trees on our school’s campus. We are on the lookout for a solid four to five day schedule that will give us suitable conditions for tapping. Due to this year’s current weather pattern, we are a bit concerned on whether or not we will be given stable weather conditions to allow us to be prosperous.
However, during the time where the weather doesn’t cooperate, the maple sugaring team buys and replaces old and unusable equipment, and then bleaches and sterilizes the buckets. In the upcoming months, the maples sugaring team will work together in order to rebuild the sugar shack and paint its uncoated walls that weren’t completed, bringing out the sap-evaporator and constructing it, and making sure all of the requirements are met before the maple sap is boiled. Once everything is boiled and ready for selling, the team will bottle and label the maple syrup.