3/23/2020 11:22:00 AM Producing maple syrup with family and friends
Brad Amos carries two buckets through the woods, and Craig Reichel (below) watches as maple syrup flows from a wood-heated evaporator, set at 219 degrees to boil down the sap. Amos estimated that he, Reichel, English and their helpers will make 30 to 40 gallons of syrup this season.
On an overcast St. Patrick's Day afternoon with temperatures in the low 40s, Brad Amos and Ken English walked in the woods to collect sap from the maple trees. The sap flowed from the maples into the red and white buckets below at Craig and Brenda Reichel's woods between Stewartville and Chatfield. With Reichel's dog, Cali, and Amos's dog, Jersey, bounding and sniffing nearby, Amos and English worked to pour the sap from the buckets into a 250-gallon tank. Amos said he likes collecting sap because... For more on this story pick up your copy of the March 23 Stewartville STAR.