The 2020 maple season was a good but interesting season. The yield per tap as well as the syrup quality were both better than the 2019 season. Sap runs were down in March but higher in April. Sap sugar content averaged 2.1, for comparison in 2019 we averaged 2.4.
Traveling conditions into the sugar camp were much better than our icy season last year, with lots of snow and very little ice. There also appeared to be less frost in the ground than last year.
When Covid 19 hit the area in mid March things got a little interesting and challenging. Do to social distancing and in order to protect our health, going in town to get gas and supplies had to be well planned and thought out to limit our trips, with all Nova Scotia Public Health recommended precautions being taken. We also restricted access to the sugar camp to the first time ever to our immediate family members that were required to work in the sugar woods during the season.
We had to adapt to a new style of selling out syrup at the door. We are currently selling at the door by appointment only and having no contact with our customers during the transactions. We have started doing local delivery/contactless door step drop offs in Colchester County as well as the occasional delivery to the Halifax Regional Municipality.
We want to thank all our customers for continuing to support local agriculture and small businesses like ours.