Gathering Summary: Sugar Tapping with Kathie Lapcevic, October 19, 2011

by Catherine Haug, October 22, 2011 (photos by Edd Blackler)

This is just a short synopsis; you can find more detail in the complete, printable pdf file: Gathering Summary: Sugar Tapping, by Kathie Lapcevic, October 19, 2011. See also Kathie’s handout: Maple & Birch Tapping at Home, by Kathie Lapcevic.

In addition to the main topic, Kathie opened with an announcement of Flathead Food Swappers’ first meet; see the Event Notice: Flathead Food Swap, Nov. 9, 2011.

Stephanie served a wonderful dessert: Pumpkin-Walnut-Cacao Cake with Chocolate Drizzle and Whipped Cream.

Presentation topics

Collecting sap in bucket

Collecting sap in bucket

  • Selecting a maple or birch tree for tapping
  • When to tap
  • How to tap (includes equipment needed)
  • Collect the sap
  • Cooking down the sap to syrup
  • Pouring off
  • Storage of the syrup

For more information


Kathie recommends the following books:

  • The Backyard Homestead, edited by Carleen Madigan (see Amazon for a peek inside)
  • Encyclopedia of Country Living, by Carla Emry (see Amazon for a peek inside)

Handout & Gathering Summary (printable pdf files)


  2. Birch Tree Care (
  3. Tapping Birch Trees in March for Birch Sap – Clean Water (
  4. Sugar Tapping and Making Maple Syrup by Dr. Fankhauser, PhD.
  5. Hobby Maple Syrup Production by Randall B. Heiligmann
  6. Tap My Trees
  7. Natural Pathways: How to tap a birch tree

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