My family goes through maple syrup like wolverines around a deer carcass. They devour it. I myself don’t have much of a sweet tooth. I’ll dip into the syrup jug maybe once a week if we’re having pancakes on a Saturday morning. But my wife and daughters fiend for the stuff.

So I’m doing a little math to figure how much maple syrup we go through in a year. I’ll use this to inform my production goals for my first sugaring season.

I gave my wife a half gallon of Grade A Fancy on Christmas Day. The seal was broken that day. It’s February 6, 43 days later, and there’s about a half pint of it left. 4 pints make up a half gallon. If you’ll allow me a bit of decimal rounding… that means we burn through approximately one pint of maple syrup every 2 weeks.

**1 pint = 2 weeks of syrup satiation**

**1 gallon = 4 months**

**3 gallons = 1 full year of maple syrup fulfillment**

On average, you need 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. So I’ll need to farm 120 gallons of raw sap to feed my family’s maple addiction for a full 365 days.

Thinking about that number — 120 gallons — it seems doable. But I think that’s because there is no everyday object to help me assimilate that volume. Now, if I think about 5 gallons… that’s easy. I can easily picture a 5-gallon bucket in my mind’s eye. And when I think about collecting 24 5-gallon buckets… that’s no cake walk.

I figure I’ll have a month of good weather when the sap is running. So I’ll need to collect six 5-gallon buckets per week. Dang. That’s a lot.

Looking around my yard, I have at least 12 big, healthy sugar maples I can tap. If they give me an average of 2.5 gallons of sap each per week, I’ll hit my family’s quota.

Can it be done?

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