We're not homesteders as such, but we do live a simple life that is in touch with the cycle of work and rest is evident throughout nature. Our approach to living, based largely on the reduction of wants and a mostly non-monetary return from our organic horticulture, bee keeping and other sorts of labor. Were living the good life along the Mississippi river valley in north eastern Iowa.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Love Is In The Air!
Happy Valentines Day to one and all and especially to the LOVE of my life Susie!
We.re gearing up for another spring of making that sweet maple syrup.
Continue to check back regularly to see weather updates for our area, as
well as regular updates on how our sap run is progressing. Short and long term weather forecasts are one of a syrup producer's best
tools to help them prepare for a sap run. Cold nights below freezing
with daytime temps above freezing will always get that sap moving.
In addition, a falling barometric pressure that accompanies an
approaching storm will also increase the local sap run. Weather conditions in our area look favorable for the rest of the month,
but there are several days in the forecast that will be over 32
degrees. For larger operations I would suggest to start getting your
equipment ready, as I think the start to the 2014 season may be as
early as this weeekend. For small producers, my best suggestions
is, as always, to tap just one or two trees and then watch and wait -
when they start to let loose, tap the rest of them.