March 5

Weather: Low last night 19, high today 36, bluebird. Sap ran from 11 am to 5 pm.Boiling Status: Fourth day of boiling today, boiled sap from yesterday and today. Caught up on sap for first time. Syrup Status: Up to 750 gallons, all Fancy, Coty Classic. Remarks: The niter is what we filter out of the syrup. It is also called sugar sand; it is not always sandy but today we could scoop up abundant amounts of light golden sugar sand that had settled in the syrup troughs. To us it indicates a shift from early season, when there isn’t much niter at all, to middle season.