We made the paper!
We made the Portsmouth Herald today and Mrs. Collins did a great job on the article! You can check it out here.
We had a huge run on Monday and processed 1700 gal of sap into about 30 gallons of syrup, in a single night! Great day. Season total is now over 200 gal of syrup produced and we're approaching our sap production goal of 25 gal per tap.
Even though we haven't had any freezing nights the past few nights, the vacuum pump is really saving us and keeping the trees running. The vacuum pump is creating the pressure difference needed between the internal tree pressure and the barometric pressure to allow the trees to run, and with the trees running 24 hrs per day, we're still getting good overall sap production from the trees. Yesterday was surpisingly better than 1 gallon of sap per tap, which is a pretty good day.
Hopefully we get enough of a temperature swing, or even a dip below freezing, to kick the trees back into high gear.