Kopp's Crops is a family-run business specializing in maple syrup, honey and fresh vegetables. We are located 45 miles north of Minneapolis in Bradford Township on our 65 acre farm.

*Now Selling at the Cambridge-Isanti Farmers Market!*

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Hope (Of Sap) Springs Eternal

Dear Minnesota:  Do you want to be a serious maple syrup production state or not?  Please decide, and deliver weather accordingly.  With great haste.  Sincerely, Kopp’s Crops and our fellow Minnesota Syrup Producers.

A couple weeks ago we made our annual pilgrimage to Wisconsin for syrupping supplies.  Then yesterday we tapped our first 75 trees, in the hope that the 10 day forecast holds true and we see some sap-loosening temperatures come our way.  We had high hopes coming into 2014; last year we had our most prolific season ever.  Granted, “ever” for us is only five years, but still – it was pretty awesome.  Twenty gallons of golden goodness graced our boiling pan and filters.   At 40 to 1 sap to syrup conversion, that means we collected, carted around, and cooked down around 800 gallons of sap.  The perfect mix of warm days and below-freezing nights kept the sap moving so long that we stopped boiling before the sap ran dry.   But 2012?   A crazy week-long February heat wave took temperatures so far above freezing, even at night, that the sap went shooting for the treetops and never looked back.  Same number of trees, barely a gallon of syrup.

This photo of one of our frozen taps pretty much sums up the 2014 season so far.  A couple of days with just enough warmth to get the sap moving, then BAM - another deep freeze.  In a normal year, we’d be wrapping up the season in the next couple of weeks.  This year, we’re just hoping, still hoping, the sap run starts before it ends.  So what’s it going to be, Minnesota?  A significant syrup season, or straight to summer?