After a low of minus 15 degrees on March 5th the weather finally warmed to above freezing on March 7th and 8th. There was a difference of 45 degrees between March 5th and March 7th. It’s time to get things ready for the sap run which should be starting by the end of this week - March 13th. Highs are forecasted to be in the 50’s the rest of the week. All of the snow in the fields should be melted this week - quite unusual. On Saturday we put the 2 1500 gallons in the Arkansaw creek bottoms and rolled out the 1″ and 1.25″ drain lines. We finished that about noon and then worked on redoing the original section of the Harmon woods which was tubed in the fall of 1997. Our new process is to use drops that are about 33 inches long and clear disposable spiles. At the end of the season you cut off the spile and recycle them. They cost about 16 cents each but ensure the tap hole will remain fresh for the entire season. There were many new trees added in. We also added a 400′ 3/4″ main line into this section. This will help the sap flow easier and will increase the output. Working on Saturday was Kevin, Eric, Mike, Dave, Brent, Bruce, Jim and Vinnie Cognetta. On Sunday we finished up the rework section about 2pm with the addition of Brad and minus Kevin, Mike and Eric. We then moved to the home woods to start tapping. We had 3 tapping crews and did about 800 taps in 3 hours. We used our Makita rechargable drills which are easy to use - much better than our old gas powered Tanaka drills. Bruce was going to finish up on Monday - 300 more taps to go in the home woods. Then we can start tackling the big woods.