We tap about 50 trees in late February and early March, and boil down the sap into our own maple syrup.
Joe and his brothers tapped some trees when they were boys, but that practice had largely been abandoned until we tried a couple of taps a few years ago. It does take a lot of work— 40 gallons of sap equal 1 gallon of syrup— but there is nothing quite like it. Now we are up to about 50 taps and boiling sap in late February and early March feels like a family tradition.
( see our blog entry regarding maple syrup at Hust Roost Farm )