Monday, February 4, 2013

Maple Season Is Upon Us Again

It is official!  Wendy and I have completed, and submitted, the manuscript for the book we have written together about our foraging adventures over the last year.  As such, there is only one thing to do ... give something away!

Joe,, has graciously agreed to do another give-away here on MooseBoots.  This year, he is offering a starter kit with aluminum buckets.  Here are the specific rules:

  • Leave a comment here, on my blog.  Comments left on Facebook are appreciated, but will not entered into the running.
  • Anyone who follows my page and enters will get an additional entry.  If you follow but do not comment, you will not be entered because I don't know if you are interested.  If you don't follow yet, click the button for the extra shot.
  • The kit can only be shipped to a US address, because of shipping costs.
This is a chance for some of you to get started, or expand your operation.  Share this and get your friends to enter, too. This is a very generous offer from

The winner will be selected at 17:00 (Eastern Time) on February 14th.

Good Luck!

Some Notes:
  • All maple trees can be tapped.  Birches and some nut trees can be too.
  • Approximately 40 gallons of sap makes 1 gallon of syrup.
  • As a courtesy to Joe at, the winner will have 24 hours to respond after the announcement.  If he/she does not, another winner will be selected.


  1. What a great prize! I hope I win! There is a maple tree in my front yard that I've been thinking of tapping, but didn't think I'd get around to it this year. If I had STUFF to do it with, I'd definitely make it more of a priority though!

    I'll share this on my Facebook page as well, even though I'm sure that will decrease my chances of winning just because I'm nice like that.

  2. I would love this! I see a great home school lesson from this.

  3. I'd planned some blog posts about tapping the Norway Maple in my backyard -- this kit would come in handy! Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. Just last summer I was searching through the woods near my home for maple trees that could be tapped. I would love this kit! Thank you and Joe for the opportunity to win this kit.

  5. This sounds amazing! I was thrilled to get confirmation (only this winter, sadly) that I could tap any of our maples, and have already started making plans for next season.

  6. Congrats on finishing the book! Here's to a great sugaring season.

  7. E - congratulations on finishing your book (to paraphrase Rach, in the previous one). I've got no trees anymore, but my kids do, and Emma just went on a class trip to tap trees outside Cinncinatti (there are too many n's and t's in thatword, I can't get them right) on Monday. A tapping setup would be cool for the kids.

    I told you last year you could use the bike path right-of-way. With the new water company owners, I recommend you stay clear of that.


    1. Cincinnati. lol Took me forever but after my son lived there for a few years and I was addressing envelopes with that on it every week, I finally got it.

  8. Sounds like an awesome giveaway! I have been talking to my husband about tapping the trees at my mom's house.

  9. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks! I've helped with some friends, but it's really time to do it myself.


  10. What a great giveaway! I'd love to do this.

  11. Congratulations on completing your book! I'm getting more and more interested in foraging. Hope I'll win the sugaring kit--it's a great giveaway.

  12. This kit would be wonderful - please enter me in the giveaway. I'm now a follower, too, so put me down for the extra entry. Thanks!

  13. Sounds like a great prize to win. It would be great to collect my own sap to make syrup and brew my beer with.

  14. Would love to entered to win this kit being country folk it would be perfect as a way to learn about all the resources around us! Thank you plus I follow you too bonus

  15. would love to have this kit. hubby helped a friend tap trees last year, this year the friend isn't well enough to tap, so it would be great if he had his own supplies :)

  16. We just a bought a home with 8-10 tap-able maple trees. They've been tapped by a local maple producer (he still has his lines up) and we're thinking we'll let him do it again this year in exchange for some syrup. In the meantime, I plan to help some family members tap their trees and learn how it's all done. Next year, my maple trees are all mine!
    Please enter me in the giveaway, if it's not too late. I'll be needing supplies in the near future.
    p.s. Congrats on finishing your book. I'm looking forward to it.


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