Many methods can be used to make maple syrup, but each way makes the same sweet product.
The Pratt family likes to keep it simple. A hot fire and large pans are all they need for their sugaring operation. That and their family to help collect all the sap.
Once you have a sugar shack and an evaporator you’re practically a professional. Larry Dennis has his own small sugaring operation for the 140 trees he taps each spring, learning new tricks as he goes.
Boiling sap is a fun activity especially with friends. Michael Cohen needed trees to tap so he asked his neighbors. He boils right outside the house so neighbors and friends can stop by to join in the festivities.
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