I guess I didn't post a blog entry about my backyard maple sugaring last year (2019). It was another early year, once again I tapped my trees in January and was done by early March. I boiled sap on three very cold days and ended up with 2 1/4 gallons of syrup.
Day 1: This year, my eighth year of backyard maple sugaring, it seemed like winter was never going to get here. I tapped six trees on Friday February 21st, but because of rainy and windy weather, I didn't get out to boil until Monday March 2nd. By then I had about forty gallons of sap collected. I managed to boil down 35 gallons of sap (a new PR) to make 3 1/2 quarts of syrup (also a PR) in eleven hours of fun filled (read back breaking) maple sugaring. I may be getting too old for this. I think two days of boiling will be enough for me this year.
Day 2: Sunday March, 8 Today I boiled down 25 gallons of sap to make a little more than a half gallon of syrup, then I pulled my taps. I only wanted to spend two days boiling this year, turns that's all the sap I got any way. We didn't have very many cold nights this winter. I could have tapped my trees a week earlier and gotten another day in I guess. Total this year one gallon plus three and a half pints of syrup.
Sunday January, 26 The Homegrown String Band returns to The Bayport Bluepoint Library to present our Unbroken Circle program. This show, inspired by the 1972 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album of the same name, features traditional songs that have been covered by popular artists including Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Harry Belafonte, Simon & Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, and Nirvana. The show is free, starts at 2:00 pm, and is open to the public.
The Homegrown String Band will be appearing at The Middletown Thrall Library in Middletown, New York on Sunday, January 12th at 2:00 pm. This will be our first show of 2020 and it marks the twenty third anniversary of our family band. Come on down, up, or over, and help us celebrate an American tradition with an afternoon of original and traditional acoustic American roots music. Free admission!