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You can tap any type of maple tree?

All maple trees produce sugar, the best are Sugar Maples that produce a sap that is 2% sugar, but you can tap Silver, Red and Black Maple trees!

  Any maple syrup producer starts in the sugar bush.  The sugar bush is the woods that contains the maple trees that are tapped in the springtime to collect that sweet maple sap.  
We have two sugar bushes we tap.  This picture is from the bush that has over 800 taps. 

In the spring time, usually 6 weeks in Ohio, from mid-February to mid - End of March, the sap flows from the roots of maple trees to the buds that are growing at the top of the trees. This is when we borrow some of the sap from the trees.  When the sap goes up the tree it is called a "run".  The best runs are when the low temperature is in the 20's and the high temperatures are in the 40's.  It is VERY important that you have nights that have temperatures in the 20's.  If you do not, the sap will stop. The cold nights push the sap back into the roots of the tree where it will stay until it warms up again.  The sugar content of every tree may vary.  On average, the crystal clear sap that comes out of a sugar maple is 2% sugar.  It is very hard to taste that low of an amount of sugar. 

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