We Start With the Best...
We tap our maple syrup from the best trees Bovina Valley has to offer. We only harvest during optimal weather conditions so we can ensure our small batch syrups are delicious and unique. We tap our trees in late February to be ready for these ideal conditions.
In the late winter and early spring, the weather conditions are such that the sap in sugar maple trees begins to flow from the roots of the tree to the branches and then back again. Ideally, it should be sunny and between 40 and 50 degrees, following a night that is below freezing. And as the saying goes, if the wind is from the west, sap runneth best. Wind from the east, sap runneth least.
...And make it even better
Next we take the gathered sap to our farm's sap house where we put in a storage tank to get it ready for reduction. From there we let nature do her thing. The sap gravity flows into an evaporator, where an extremely hot wood fire boils the sap, removing water (through steam). It takes 40 gallons of sap to produce just one gallon of syrup. After the syrup is the right density, it is filtered and bottled in glass.