Maple Syrup Update 5/7/18: Instructions on syrup pick up

If you recorded volunteer hours for the 2018 syruping season, an email was sent out earlier today with instructions on how to pick up your syrup. Thanks again to everyone who helped!

If you recorded hours on line and did not get that email it is probably because one of these reasons:

  1. The email when to your junk mail. Please check there first.
  2. You made a mistake entering your email address. We had lots of emails that came back as undeliverable because they were entered wrong on the form.
  3. We made a mistake!

If you did record hours and did not receive the email on how to pick up your syrup, please let me know.

Thanks again for a great season!

See you next year at the shack!

Sarah

Maple Syrup Update 5/3/18: Last Cleaning on Friday and Hours due Saturday

A great crew showed up to help wash the buckets on Wednesday and that part of cleanup is done! Now just the lids, barrels, and last odds and ends. Thank you again for those who can help on these days when warm spring weather is tempting you to do other things!

Final Washing/Clean Up: We could use a last group of volunteers on Friday, May 4 starting at 10 am to help wash lids, barrels, and the last odds and ends. We will probably be working until at least 1 pm, wear clothes and shoes that can get wet/damp.

2018 Volunteer Hours Due Saturday: Your last day to enter hours for the 2018 season will be Saturday, May 5th by 5 pm. The total hours will be tallied after that and volunteer syrup will be available for distribution starting Tuesday, May 8th. If you recorded hours this season, you will receive an email on Monday with directions on how to pick up your syrup.

Here is where you can record your hours online: https://www.csbsju.edu/outdooru/abbeyarboretum/maplesyrup/volunteer/volunteerhours

Sarah’s Syrup Snippets: Don’t mess with the universe.

Maple Syrup Update 5/1/18: Let the bucket washing begin!

The warm weather has brought our collecting and cooking portion of the maple syrup season to a close. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us so far this season!! If you still want to get some hours in to increase the amount of syrup you will get at the end, don’t fret! There are still more volunteer opportunities!

Bucket Washing: We will be washing buckets starting at 1 pm on Wednesday, May 2nd. We will be out at the sugar shack and we recommend wearing clothes that can get damp/wet. We will probably be washing until about 4:30 or 5 that day. Depending on how many buckets get washed, we expect more bucket washing to happen later this week.

Volunteer Hours: Please be sure to record the hours you volunteer so we can thank you with syrup at the end of the season! Here is where you can record your hours online: https://www.csbsju.edu/outdooru/abbeyarboretum/maplesyrup/volunteer/volunteerhours

Sarah’s Syrup Snippets: Did you know maple syrup is graded?

Maple Syrup Update 4/27/18: Change of plans! NO SAP COLLECTION Friday afternoon

Apologies in advance, but for a variety of reasons we need to postpone the sap collection previously scheduled for this afternoon, Friday, April 27 and will not be cooking on Saturday morning. We hope you enjoy the afternoon, perhaps with a walk in the woods while not carrying buckets of maple sap. We’ll be in touch soon about the schedule for the next sap collection (perhaps Sunday afternoon???).

In the meantime, mark your calendars for another upcoming volunteer opportunity:

Wild Orchard Planting
Saturday, May 5  |  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Come when you can, stay as long as you like

Thanks again for all your help (and your patience!) Enjoy the weekend!

Maple Syrup Update 4/26/18: End the week with a sap collection Friday afternoon!

Signs of spring are slowing appearing…but the quick warm up isn’t enough to stop the syruping season yet! We are calling for sap collection on Friday and will cook on Saturday. This is maybe? probably? the last collection of the year so if you want some last hours, be sure to join us!

Sap Collection: We need help collecting sap on Friday, April 27 starting at 4 pm. The woods are starting to dry out but there are still some wet and muddy spots so boots are still encouraged. Driving to the top of the gravel hill, parking there and walking the rest of the way is appreciated!

Please see the Sap Collection info page for details about sap collection, especially if you have never helped before.

Syrup Cooking: Our expert syrup cookers will be firing up our evaporator ‘Big Burnie’ on Saturday morning. If you are interested in watching the process, feel free to join them any time after 10 am. Please be aware you will not be able to drive out to the sugar shack on Saturday due to the annual Fruit at the Finish triathlon happening on campus and the road will be blocked. But you are welcome to park on campus and walk on out!

Volunteer Hours: Please be sure to record the hours you volunteer so we can thank you with syrup at the end of the season! Here is where you can record your hours online: https://www.csbsju.edu/outdooru/abbeyarboretum/maplesyrup/volunteer/volunteerhours

Sarah’s Syrup Snippets: Syruping from the tree’s point of view.

Maple Syrup Update 4/19/18: Sap Collection Thursday!

Another great group of people helped us clear the woods in about 1 ½ hours yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon! By late morning today the buckets and bags already had a few inches of sap in them and the sap was dripping at about 1 drip per second, which is a pretty good rate. So we are going to ask for collection help again today!

Sap Collection: Please join us on this glorious afternoon, Thursday April 19 for sap collection at 4 pm. Today is supposed to be our first 50 degree day of the year so enjoy it with us in the woods! There is still mud and snow everywhere out there so wear appropriate footwear! This year we have had enough volunteers show up to clear the woods in just over an hour so I expect we will be done by about 5:30 at the latest.

We still don’t recommend driving all the way out to the sugar shack but you are welcome to drive to the top of the dirt road hill and park by the rugby and softball fields and walk the rest of the way. Thanks for your cooperation with this.

Please see the Sap Collection info page for details about sap collection, especially if you have never helped before.

Volunteer Hours: Please be sure to record the hours you volunteer so we can thank you with syrup at the end of the season! Here is where you can record your hours online: https://www.csbsju.edu/outdooru/abbeyarboretum/maplesyrup/volunteer/volunteerhours

Sarah’s Syrup Snippets: A huge congratulations goes to SSQTCH and their ‘Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter/Foundation Student Crystal Pillar Award’ they received on April 13th for their Saint John’s Maple Syruping video. Ian, Conor, and Patrick are 2017 grads of SJU and we are so lucky they spent their time and talent documenting syruping at Saint John’s. The video is worth a watch again!