# Maple syrup
It's Maple Syrup Season in Michigan and You Can Make Your Own
You may have noticed buckets hanging from trees on your drive around the neighborhood. Consider it good news. It is one of the earliest signs of Spring! March is maple syrup season in Michigan, and you can join in the excitement with just a few items and very little elbow grease. This is a project that the whole family can enjoy!
Maple Syrup Woes in New England
The supply chain disruptions have hit the maple syrup industry in New England hard. One of the biggest shortages they currently face is product packaging. In an interview with mynbc5.com, this is what Cecile Branon of Branon Family Maple Orchards in Fairfield Vermont had to say: "We’ve had to switch from plastic jugs to glass — then the glass got scarce, and we were able to find plastic. None of our jugs are the same."
Maine Maple Tree Tapping for Sap
Maine Maple Tree Tapping for Sap This video was done in the spring of 2021. Scott wanted to go through the process and make our own maple syrup. So we bought a cookstove from a local guy that puts them together from a kit. Along with ten buckets, lids, spiles, and got started. This video shows the beginning process of putting in the spiles, hanging the buckets, and waiting for them to fill. We checked them every day and emptied the ones that had any sap in them. Once we had enough to boil down, usually a couple of 5-gallon buckets, we would cook it down on the cookstove. If anyone is thinking of doing this process, I say go for it! Collecting, boiling, and bottling sap was a great experience, and being outside in the fresh air makes you sleep like a baby. Thanks for watching!
Off Grid Maple Sap Evaporator
This video was from last spring 2021. Scott wanted to make his maple syrup with our maple tree. So we bought a cook stove from a local guy that made them and brought it home. The Kubota tractor made short work of moving it undercover until we were ready to use it. Now it was waiting for the time to set up the buckets and spiles to collect the sap to boil down. Look for a few more videos of what and how we did the whole process. It was fun and always nice to get outside after a long winter. Thanks for watching!