By mid February you really notice that the days are getting longer and the sun is getting higher. So do the maple trees. Sap begins to drip from broken branches on sunny afternoons. It takes a pretty good warm-up to get sap flowing from the roots and out the tap holes we've drilled. Once the trees have really thawed, the run really gets going. For the next four to five weeks the steady rhythm of collecting and processing sap, boiling and bottling syrup is only interrupted by a day that didn't warm up or got too warm. Then the maples begin to bud, the sap gets cloudy, the syrup very dark and the season is over. From starting to drill tap holes to pulling them out is maybe two months. The two months from deep snow in the woods to green patches of wild leeks and a frozen barnyard to the mud drying up. The rush of late spring is upon us and we don't think about sugaring again until you notice the days getting longer again.