Tree Hugging Really Was….

I loved all your responses to our Wordless Wednesday post! I got a lot of chuckles! The tree hugging really was about measuring the tree, but it was for tapping the trees for sap. We need to measure the diameter of the tree to determine how many taps we can put in each of our five maple trees because we are making maple syrup! Today’s fun with food post will be all about our fun tapping trees and making our very own chemical free maple syrup! (I know there is really no food shown, but it’s all about making our own and being self-sufficient in providing our family’s food from our land – rented land in this case.)

Our handy little reference booklet.

Maple syrup supplies.

Photo from Anderson’s website.

Yes, we can measure with the measuring tape upside down, we are talented that way! ;)

Drilling tap holes.

Tapping trees was a family event.

Two of our maple trees are in the backyard, the other three are in the front.

Stay tuned for more of our journey into the world of making maple syrup in our own backyard!

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28 comments

  1. Courtney says:

    Wow, can’t wait to hear more!! :)

  2. Marcie W. says:

    WOW! This is so awesome!

  3. How awesome is this?!!! When my mom lived in CT she had friends that did this, when I paid her a visit and she asked me what I wanted to do, I was like, up go tap a maple tree!

  4. We think it’s awesome too, so I am excited to tell you our funny story and show you how we did making the maple syrup!

  5. Lizzie says:

    I wish we have maple trees here but we don’t in this tropical country. Great DIY!

  6. What tropical country are you in?

  7. Laurie says:

    I was just reading about how to do this myself. I need to plant a sugar maple in my yard.

  8. Ooh, that looks like so much fun! What a great activity. I loved reading about tree tapping in the Little House on the Prairie books when I was a kid.

    We have 5 large maple trees in our backyard, and I’ve always been curious about getting syrup from them. I can’t wait to see more about your adventure.

  9. Born raised Mainer here tapping maple trees is no stranger to us. When the saps running it’s a true sign that spring is on it’s way :)
    We actually have 200 maple trees tapped by family on our own property. Nothing better than real maple syrup ~!

  10. I’d love to have 200 maple trees! Lucky you! I am thankful for the few we have though.

  11. That’s great, Laurie! Not all of ours are sugar maples, but in our reading we found out that any maples can be tapped so we are tapping all five! ;) I hope you do get a sugar maple.

  12. You could probably tap them easily. Some people use milk jugs and little pieces of pipe from the hardware store for their taps/spouts. Yeah, we all love the Little House on the Prairie books too.

  13. oh I’m so excited I never knew that you can actually do that. I can’t wait to see the next post

  14. Lolo says:

    That is awesome! We got to do that when I was in Girl Scouts. I do not think there is a tree here in the desert I could try it with.

  15. Christina Ives says:

    So neat! I have always wanted to do that, but never had a maple tree!! :(

  16. Oh everyone should have a maple tree! I am a Canadian and I love them!

  17. My neighbor makes his own syrup too, it looks like a really neat thing to do, I am not a syrup eater so have never really thought of trying this. Cannot wait to hear more!

  18. Okay now that is awesome. Can’t wait to hear how it turns out.

  19. Heidi says:

    As a child I used to get so excited when my mom used to make homemade syrup, I remember she started with liquid from a tiny little bottle.
    Bake then everything was still a magical place.

  20. Was that just syrup on the stove with sugar and water then? Because sap from a tree is not baked.

  21. Amy says:

    That is so cool!!!

  22. Wow, really cool! I bet it’ll be really great when it’s done!

  23. MsDarkstar says:

    I used to have a relative that made Maple Syrup who lived in Vermont. I got to go help one year as a kid. It was fun but SO MUCH WORK!

  24. Gretchen Gerth says:

    How cool, I am interested to see how this turns out. I remember getting fresh maple syrup from my Canadian relatives when I was a child.

  25. It’s funny you mention that it is so much work. My daughters and I didn’t even consider it work, it was fun! We don’t want the chemical laden stuff from the store we want the pure, unadulterated maple syrup made with our very own hands. There is something special about making, creating, growing or providing your own food!

  26. Jennifer Lewis says:

    Wow, this was awesome! Not too often you get to see something like this – looks like fun :)

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