In early Spring, when it's getting a little brighter outside and the temperatures are climbing up toward freezing (yes, Wisconsin winters are cold!), it's time to tap the maple trees and start the process of making maple syrup. We hike through the woods with the taps and sap-sacks. Some years the snow is 6" deep, other years it's 18" deep. We drill a hole in the tree, place the tap, hang the bag on the tap and check it daily for sap.
When you see steam rising from the chimney of the Maple Shed, we're busy boiling maple sap to turn it into maple syrup. We use the "batch process" method here. The evaporator pan is filled and the contents are boiled down, then the pan is refilled and another batch is ready to start. Each batch takes about 3 to 3-1/2 hours to boil down. The boiling starts with 6" of sap in the pan and ends with 1/2" of sap in the pan. The ratio is 40 gallons of sap:1 gallon of maple syrup. We then transfer the sap to a finishing unit. There we boil it until it reaches the consistency of maple syrup. Once it's just right, we pour it through 2 filters to remove the nitre and maple sand that's in the syrup.
Then we pour the golden maple syrup into bottles just for you! We offer 12oz glass jars and 32oz bottles. Due to our "batch process" method, we offer light, medium and dark syrup. A variety of ways to enjoy maple syrup that went from the tree straight into the bottle. Stop in to see us and watch the maple syrup making process. The cats will leave room for you!