Signs of spring are starting to finally show. The snow is gradually melting, birds are chirping and the mud is thick. Last weekend we started tapping and collecting maple sap. Last year we didn't have any luck with such a warm and early start to spring. Yesterday, I was out checking taps and the sap is starting to run. One of our big trees, we fondly call Big Bertha, had nearly filled an 18 gallon jug with clear maple sap. Rain is forcasted for tonight and this weekend, so Scott, his dad, Don, and I will be collecting sap later today.
Don will be cooking down the sap into syrup at his place, about an hour north of us. He's been tapping trees, collecting sap and cooking it down into syrup for years. I think he's likes having access to maple trees on less hilly terrain.
I own and manage Cylon Rolling Acres in northwestern Wisconsin. On my farm I raise Boer - Kiko meat goats on pasture.
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Cylon (pronounced Si-lon) is the name of our township in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Sorry fans, our farm is not named after the robots of Battlestar Galactica.