Change of seasons!

It’s always a welcome sign to see the sap buckets come out. That means winter is finally winding down. Of course, I took this picture yesterday and then we got 2″ of new snow last night…sigh…

If you ever get the chance to visit a sugar farm that still uses these old metal buckets – it’s a feast for the ears. Each new drop of sap plops into the bucket making a sound. The sound varies depending on the level of liquid in the bucket. When there are numerous buckets out it’s surprisingly noisy, a symphony of sap. The newer farms use plastic tubing snaking through the woods to central collection barrels. More efficient but decidedly less interesting. Hope you have signs of spring in your neck of the woods!

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