Making Maple Syrup - Under $50 Start Up

Updated: Feb 22

Collecting Sap at the end of winter months is a great way to welcome spring, and get outdoors as the temperatures start to become more favourable - The days will get longer and the temps will start to rise above freezing during those days. Pure Maple Syrup can be quite expensive, and for good reason - it takes 40 times more sap for each part of finished product. Here are the start up items you need to be on your way for collecting your own organic maple syrup



IDENTIFY

Last year we tried to identify trees in February - with no leaves on them - it was tough, but we managed to correctly find 7. This past August, we went out and with a tape measure, log book, red yarn, plastic tags, and a marker. We identified all the maples that would be easy to reach in the winter, and measured each one. If the circumference was greater than 36", we tagged it, and recorded it in our log book along with its approximate location. We identified over 30 trees, but come February this year, we ended up only tapping just over 20 trees (some large ones have 2 taps). Each tap should yield a litre of maple syrup over the season. You need approximately 40 L of sap for 1 litre of Maple Syrup, (Our trees average about a 32:1 ratio)


COLLECTING SAP SUPPLIES

We used water jugs ranging in size from 4L-20L to collect our sap. For taps, we ordered a 12 pack from Amazon for less than $25. We like these ones: You can drill a much smaller hole in the tree (3/16“) than with traditional taps.