Joe started the 2017 maple syrup season earlier than ever, with the first boil in January—and it was a big one! This morning he was up at 3:30 a.m. checking the vacuum pumps, making sure we are capturing all the sap from the warm weather this weekend. Yesterday he and I were at Dana Center in the Quabbin tapping trees. We only have one more small stand of trees to tap and then everything is ready. The sun was shining this morning, the dogs are following us around, and the sap flowing. All is well with mother nature. We’re grateful for this glorious day and the flowing, abundant sap!