Last syrup pull of the season.

It was the 3rd season in a row for strange winter weather with long stretches of either too cold or too warm.  Making good maple syrup needs freezing nights and warm sunny days.  That also makes for a really enjoyable winter, too.  So as we pull off this last draw of maple syrup and begin the process of taking lines down, cleaning everything up, and storing it away, we say welcome to spring.

Pure maple syrup
Drawing off maple syrup

Winter is approaching

Beehive wrapped in foam board.
Beehive wrapped in foam for winter warmth.

The 1st of December and winter is approaching.  The beehives are wrapped in foam board on three sides to help keep the honeybees warm.  Freezing temperatures won’t kill them if they have plenty of food to eat, but if they run out they’ll starve as there is no food outside of the hive they can get.  The colder it gets the more they’ll eat as they convert calories into heat.  The foam helps them to stay warm and therefore eat less. Continue reading Winter is approaching