(Above: Stittsville resident Al Caughey tastes his tree sap as he boils it down in his back yard.)
Al Caughey calls him self a “sapelier”, not a sommelier.
The Conductor Street resident taps maple trees on his property as well as his neighbours’ trees as soon as the sap begins to run each spring. He marks the location of each tree and the date the sap was collected to see if the sap from one tree gives a different syrup from another.
This year he collected almost 300 liters of sap. Once boiled down, the yield was about 5 litres of maple syrup. The results of his work are shared at street party for his neighbours. Here are some photos from the Second Annual Conductor Street Maple Syrup Street Party.
(Photos by Barry Gray.)
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