Inside this sled, I have what I need. Drill, containers, hoses and rubber mallet. I pull the sled along as I go.
Here's the trail.
Last fall, I looked for maple tress and put small orange flags by the maples so I knew where to find them.
7/16th's drill bit fit the hose ends I bought on ebay so I drill a hole low on the tree.
After the hole is drilled, I whack the hose end in with a rubber mallet.
Then I attach a container to the other end for sap collection.
The trial left by the sled is great for remembering where to go next time I come out!
We had so much syrup a couple years ago, I didn't collect last year and we still have some left! I have more than what is below, but took this as a sample picture. I found a lot of prices for maple syrup online but it's safe to say $20.00-$25.00 for a quart.
I use maple syrup in smoothies and on pancakes and I make berry syrup with the berries on our property.