and production tour:
Maple syrup is
made by collecting maple sap and boiling it down. Boiling the sap
causes excess water to evaporate, and leaves the sweet, dark syrup
with which you are probably familiar.
were likely the first people to make maple syrup and other maple products,
but few written accounts of these exploits exist.
the early years of recorded history, sap was collected in buckets
that hung from wooden spouts called, "spiles". Spiles were
often hollowed from branches of sumac (Rhus glabra and
R. typhina), and were inserted into holes cut into trees.
Later, metal spiles were made and used.
checked once or several times a day, depending on how quickly the
sap was flowing. Backyard maple producers still use buckets
as the most economical and practical approach to sap collection, though
large-scale producers now use plastic spiles and tubing. Buckets generally
have covers on them that prevent debris from contaminating the sap
and rain or snow from diluting it.