We’re in love with spring!!! The birds are chirping, the sun is warm and most importantly its sap season! This time of year is especially busy for us as it is the only time of year that we harvest the delicate sap that is Sapsucker maple water.
Early springtime provides us with the perfect temperature for harvesting maple water. Cool spring air means the trees still have stores of energy from winter, while the thawing of the earth provides warmth for the sap to flow. We have a small window to collect Sapsucker. Once buds appear on the trees, our harvest time is over.
This means that every spring we keep a keen eye on the weather, making plans based on forecasts that have been known to change at the tip of a hat. That mainstay of polite small-talk, the weather, becomes our favourite topic of conversation. Is it going to warm up? Is it supposed to stay warm? I heard there was going to be another cold snap!
This year we’re inviting everyone to be weather watchers with us! We’ve installed the weather widget on our blog to keep everyone up-to-date on the meteorological goings-on in Flesherton.
The weather widget got us thinking, wouldn’t it be great if we could invite everyone out to the sugar bush with us to share this season that we hold so dear? We had to make some concessions for practicality but decided the best way to do this would be to set up Sapsucker’s (and as far as we could tell the world’s) first Sapcam!
This web cam is trained on one of the maple trees we’ve tapped on our properties. We know not everyone has had the opportunity to come out to a sugar bush. That was part of our motivation for starting Sapsucker, to share this secret of rural Ontario life with everyone. Now we want to take it one step further and give people a chance to see an Ontario maple tree with the sap flowing in real time.
It might seem a bit sappy but we’re proud to share our second harvest with you, so check out the Sapcam and join in the fun! Don’t forget to follow us on the Sapsucker maple water Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts to stay up-to-date on everything else we have planned for the spring harvest!