The sap is running and so are we!

The sap is running and so are we! Sap appeared in Talkeetna area birches starting on April 9th. It will take our crew of seven hard workers four long, strenuous days to tap 10,500 birches. We just hauled in our first 1600 gallons of beautiful, clear sap! That means it’s going to get noisy around…

Trees used for Birch Sap Syrup Collection

2015 Harvest

2015 was the earliest, longest, and slowest harvest on record for us. After a record warm March, we started collecting sap on April 4th. We finished May 5th after 28 harvest days and a few days shut down due to freezing temperatures. We struggled a bit with our vacuum and gravity lines this year, as…

Foliage of Birch Trees in a Birch Sap Syrup Forest

2014 Harvest

A bit of time has gone by … while our 2013 harvest was late (starting May 3rd) with a long, cold spring, our 2014 harvest started right smack on the average start date of April 21st.  It ended abruptly on May 7th, a short 16 days later. This year’s harvest ended about the time our…

Birch Forest where Birch Sap Syrup is collected

2013 Harvest

3/31/13 Another season in the woods near Talkeetna is starting! Dylan, India, and Josh arrived early to help install tubing to another 1500 trees. It’s a challenge – a combination of physics, design, art, intuition … they would probably come up with a couple of other descriptions! The rest of the crew arrives this week,…

Collecting Birch Sap Syrup from Trees

2012 Harvest

4/21/12 Wow, how time flies … another harvest underway, our 23rd! It’s a wild one – I call it “transition” year … and for anyone who has ever given birth, you know what I mean by transition! We installed 2000 taps on a tubing and vacuum system to see how that works for us, AND…

Lines of Pipe collecting Birch Sap to be made into Alaska Birch Tree Syrup

2011 Harvest

3/24/11 Happy Spring! Where does the time go? The weather is warming rapidly here in Alaska, and the freeze/thaw is well underway. I am secretly hoping for a bit more wintry weather, but I can’t tell my Alaskan friends that! We know that a cooler spring will give us a sweeter harvest. Come mid-May ……