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Last year, the Karmê Chöling staff, under the guidance of Jason Winchester, ‘sugared’ the land at Karmê Chöling for the first time in many years, eventually producing over 12 gallons of maple syrup. This year, they are at it again. This column recollects last year’s experience, from the eyes of Aaron de Long, who coordinated the project.

Jason hadn’t been able to find his custom drill bit, so we were post-holing through the snow in the sugar bush tapping maples with an old hand augur. It was important that the drill not heat or mash the wood fibers; that could impede sap flow. It didn’t take long. We hung 80 buckets in a few hours.

Spring was late last year, even for northern Vermont. The big boys down the road, the guys with thousands of taps on plastic lines, they didn’t start boiling until April 1st. It was their latest start in forty years. We tapped on the first, began boiling on the third

1az9v9k53txhgOur sugar shack was just an old garage we’d cleaned out. Jason tacked up plastic along the walls to try and keep some of the heat from the arch in the room. The first night, the river below the shack was still frozen. As the firebox kindled, and the room warmed, snow dripped down through holes in the sheet metal roof and the dirt floor turned to a quagmire of mud. Steve found some old shingles and put them down on the ground. Jason tacked up a sheet of cardboard over the arch to keep the snow from dripping into it, and then we all stood around and watched the sap boil. Listened to the firebox under the evaporator pan crackle. Continue…

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