Quick facts about maple trees and maple production:
It takes 50-60 gallons of maple syrup to make one gallon of pure maple syrup. Picture it like this, fill up your bath tub (I mean right to the top) and that is how much sap it takes to make one gallon of pure maple syrup. Sap looks like water, but has a slight hint of sweetness.
The “sugar season” starts in mid February and only lasts 4-6 weeks.
Each tap (that’s the plastic fitting we insert into the hole we drill in the tree) will produce approximately 15-25 gallons of raw sap. That is only about 10% of the total sap the tree produces.
Maple trees can be tapped year after year with no damage to the tree. Within two growing seasons the hole will grow shut.