Pulling the plug

Today I made my last half gallon of maple syrup and am going out to the woods to pull all 15 of my spiles. The recent run of cold nights and gorgeous warm days have set the sap running hard. I hate stopping production of what could be a banner harvest. but I leave Friday for 3 weeks of travelling.
This year I collected about 90 gallons of sap and made about 2 1/2 half gallons of syrup. All in all a nice harvest and more than enough to get us through the next year.
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