The 2019 season was short and sweet. Sugar content of 2.7% was the highest since 2006. Sap was collected for 24 days. Tapping started with 30 inches of snow on the ground and was the first time I remember seeing snow drifts after the season was over. This was the second season using the Leader Vacuum systems and we collected the most sap and syrup since we started in 1991. Pulling taps with vacuum results in all sap being removed from lines to reduce bacteria growth and is quicker. You can also determine where improvements are needed in the future. The longer the drop is from the main line the vacuum is less. . This year 8 year old Vince Cognetta and 9 year old Dylan Olk helped pull taps. Using the 2 foot long aluminum spile pullers they pulled the taps and then Vince’s dad Vinny and Dylan’s grandpa Dave would cut off the clear spile from the drop (we bought the Husky flexible hose clipper from Home Depot) and attach the drop to the nipple on the tee to seal the system. This is the first year we used the red plugs to seal the drops if there wasn’t a nipple to attach the drop. The red plugs were 6 cents a pc and worked great.