REPORT FROM SCOTT VALITCHKA- APPLETON WI. FIRST COUSIN TO THE WEISS’S
Thanks for the sap update! It sounds as if the sap is running well on your side of the state too.
Although we only have around 480-500 taps out versus the Weiss 5,000 and never see the big numbers that you guys get, we have done well.
Peter and my Dad reported that they just collected nearly 500 gallons on sap today. That came on top of 565 gallons that they collected last Thursday.
This is turning out to be a nice steady season for us. With snow forecast by mid-week, we should get another good run or two.
My Dad is enjoying his time cooking the sap and watching spring return in slow but deliberate fashion to the woods.
We had a nice visit from Galen and Byron Radle during the last week of March. They were both a big help as we collected sap. Byron enjoyed driving tractor and collecting with me. We teased Galen that he was a sap athlete as we collected 400 gallons one day or about 3,200 pounds of weight. (He was the one who hoisted and poured nearly all of the five gallon pails into our collection tank.) That was impressive for someone at 88 years. And although tired, Galen still had the wits and energy to soundly beat us when we played cards (Estimate) in the evening.
I always think that Grandpa Radle has to be smiling from heaven at the wonderful family tradition that he fostered and supported through our families with syrup making. It’s great to reconnect in this way each spring!