The trees are tapped before spring comes around.
When the sap starts moving up in the trees, the taps transport parts of it to the collection tanks.
In former days - and in some places still - the sap is colleted in buckets that hang on the tree, right at the tap. But collecting these buckets is a lot of work.
|collection buckets for sugar maple sap|
From there it is brought into the sugar house. Sugar houses are easy to spot because of the big venting roof.
In the sugar house you find a big boiling pan in which the sap is cooked down until it goes from liquid and slightly sweet to creamy and sugary and can be filled into containers.
|inside the sugar house|
to be continued...