Pardon the pun, but melting ice is a good sign for maple syrup makers. Shade Stone Farm recently awoke to snow and ice, but the rising sun quickly warmed things up and the sap began to run.!
Ever vigilant, Rosebud gazes east on dawn patrol. Notice that even in sub-freezing temperatures she prefers to sit in the shade.
The forest beyond our frozen pond produces the maple sap which is the only ingredient of our delicious maple syrup..
Literally the star of the show, the Sun not only warms the trees and causes the sap to flow, but it is also the energy source for our wood and solar powered sugar shack.
The snow will quickly melt and slide off of the photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of the sugar shack and they will, along with quite a bit of firewood, help to convert maple sap into the natural sweetener that we love.