Pat Shingelton: "Tree Tapping..."
With the sugar cane harvest completed, the production of molasses will continue. The Mancivalano family operates the Adams Farm in southern Vermont. Since 1865 the farm has included a dairy, timber production and the construction of sap tanks. The mainstay of the farm is its production of maple syrup. Ideal tree tapping includes cold nights and 50-degree days that causes the "sap to run." Should freezing nights be followed by warming days, early tapping will cause a tree scab, preventing the sap from running. Tapping season runs from mid-March through mid-April when 3,500 taps are placed on 2,000 trees. For the Adams farm this represents five percent of the harvested sap. A quart of sap for each tap translates to 800 gallons of syrup.