There's not much to report in this week's sap report: The return of freezing temperatures have put a stop to the flow of sap, so there hasn't been much new sap to collect. Farmer Jim explains that the trees stay dormant during these freezing periods, so they're not necessarily detrimental to the syruping season. What would be detrimental is if the cold temperatures are followed by an early, mild spring, causing the trees to start to form early buds. Once the trees start forming buds, the taste and color of the sap beings to take on hints of chlorophyll.
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The Furrow is the online newsletter of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm. We will be updating this site about once a week with crop reports and other insights into life on a horse-drawn living history farm.
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