Townline Farm taps dozens of sugar maple trees to make high quality maple syrup. Maple season runs from late February through March, when the days rise above freezing temperatures but the nights fall below freezing. The fluctuating temperatures gets the sap flowing in the trees, providing over 3 gallons of sap a day from each tree!
Syrup Production at Townline Farm
First we select the sugar maples to use; these trees are at least 12" in diameter and in good health with a large canopy. Once they are selected, a small hole is drilled through the bark and into the vascular part of the tree where the sap is flowing, about 1-2" inside the bark. A spout is tapped in the tree and attached to a tube to collect the sap into a food grade 5 gallon bucket. Every day we collect sap to be boiled into maple syrup. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup, and about 4-8 hours of boiling sap to get a finished product depending on the amount of sap collected that week.