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    Default Tapped in Harvard

    I tapped 2/3 of my 135 taps yesterday on 5/16 tubing with gravity. Early afternoon I saw a few taps flow a little bit with the temp around 35 F then everything stopped as the temp dropped. Hoping for a run today, but not too heavy - I知 not ready yet !
    Still a newbie after 3 seasons.
    2016: 20 taps on buckets, 4 gallons made on a borrowed 2x3 steel arch.
    2017: 32 taps on buckets, 8 gallons of syrup, on a "loaner" Lapierre 19x48 Mini-Pro loaned by a friend. Makeshift 8x8 sugar shack.
    2018: 80 taps with 3 new neighbors on tubing. New 10x12 sugar shack, Lapierre Jr 2x5 evaporator. Made 17 gallons, Sold around 5 gallons of syrup.
    2019: 100 taps, 60 tapped on Feb 21. Added a small RO.

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    Ha, ha! I know that feeling of being careful what you wish for. Once you drill the hole it's out of your control!
    Woodville Maples
    www.woodvillemaples.com
    www.facebook.com/woodvillemaples
    Something north of 250 taps
    Mix of natural and mechanical vac, S3 Controller from Mountain Maple
    2x6 W.F. Mason with Phaneuf pans
    Deer Run 125 RO
    6 hives of bees
    Keeping the day job until I can start living the dream.

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    So far running fairly well although not full steam ahead. I got 200 gallons over two days Monday-Tuesday. I think it値l pick up next week.
    Still a newbie after 3 seasons.
    2016: 20 taps on buckets, 4 gallons made on a borrowed 2x3 steel arch.
    2017: 32 taps on buckets, 8 gallons of syrup, on a "loaner" Lapierre 19x48 Mini-Pro loaned by a friend. Makeshift 8x8 sugar shack.
    2018: 80 taps with 3 new neighbors on tubing. New 10x12 sugar shack, Lapierre Jr 2x5 evaporator. Made 17 gallons, Sold around 5 gallons of syrup.
    2019: 100 taps, 60 tapped on Feb 21. Added a small RO.

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    Glad to hear. I'm in Billerica and tapped a few trees close to home but have about ten more in Woburn that I am waiting for later in the month.

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    Default Calling it a season?

    I致e been expecting a final run for 2020 since Sunday, but there痴 nothing flowing in my 145 taps. Maybe tomorrow. If not I think I知 done this season. Although there痴 another freeze coming this weekend. How about others in MA?
    Still a newbie after 3 seasons.
    2016: 20 taps on buckets, 4 gallons made on a borrowed 2x3 steel arch.
    2017: 32 taps on buckets, 8 gallons of syrup, on a "loaner" Lapierre 19x48 Mini-Pro loaned by a friend. Makeshift 8x8 sugar shack.
    2018: 80 taps with 3 new neighbors on tubing. New 10x12 sugar shack, Lapierre Jr 2x5 evaporator. Made 17 gallons, Sold around 5 gallons of syrup.
    2019: 100 taps, 60 tapped on Feb 21. Added a small RO.

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    Yeah, I left things up hoping I could get something out of the hard freeze Monday morning. Taps were bone dry, I mean empty. I'll look again tomorrow, but it looks like things are all done.
    Woodville Maples
    www.woodvillemaples.com
    www.facebook.com/woodvillemaples
    Something north of 250 taps
    Mix of natural and mechanical vac, S3 Controller from Mountain Maple
    2x6 W.F. Mason with Phaneuf pans
    Deer Run 125 RO
    6 hives of bees
    Keeping the day job until I can start living the dream.

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    Lines and buckets were running well in Princeton last night but they didn't start till mid or late afternoon so there wasn't enough sap to boil. Betting we will get a good run the next several days into next week. Sap from my line of sugar maples on my field perimeter which get sun all day - and started running very early in the season - has turned yellow so I think that one is done for the season.

    Dave
    Mountain Maple farm
    2020: 207 taps, 60% red maples. Mountain Maple S3 diaphragm pump controller with automated sap transfer
    New website:
    https://www.mountainmaplefarm.com
    https://www.facebook.com/MountainMapleFarm/

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    I should be able to keep going through the end of the month in the foothills of the Berkshires. Next week should be primo, at any rate. Hoping so, as I just got my new Mason 2X3 bricked last weekend. After the 26th to 28th it's supposed to warm up, so that may be the end for me.

    GO
    2016: First year. Homemade evaporator out of little woodburning stove with steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 galls syrup
    2017: Same little homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.
    2018: Same setup. Limited time (New baby!) Downsized to 12 taps and short season. 2.2 gallons syrup.
    2019: Still very limited time, with a one-year-old. Downsized even further to 7 taps and a short season. 1.8 gallons syrup
    2020: 9 taps

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    I've also been waiting for that last run the past few days. Picked up half gallon of sap today. I'll see what happens tomorrow but I think that will be it for this year.
    2020 - 55 buckets on drop lines
    2019 - 25 buckets on drop lines
    2018 - 5 buckets on hooks with cinder block arch

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    Well, I did get 25 gallons last night in Harvard on 145 taps. Enough for a quick boil and make a gallon of syrup. We値l see today, hoping it値l continue.
    Still a newbie after 3 seasons.
    2016: 20 taps on buckets, 4 gallons made on a borrowed 2x3 steel arch.
    2017: 32 taps on buckets, 8 gallons of syrup, on a "loaner" Lapierre 19x48 Mini-Pro loaned by a friend. Makeshift 8x8 sugar shack.
    2018: 80 taps with 3 new neighbors on tubing. New 10x12 sugar shack, Lapierre Jr 2x5 evaporator. Made 17 gallons, Sold around 5 gallons of syrup.
    2019: 100 taps, 60 tapped on Feb 21. Added a small RO.

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