Spring – Early springtime is our busiest time, no question. This is when we are collecting sap every day and boiling it every night. This is also a busy time because our sugar house is open to public and to private tours. At the end of the season, all of our equipment is cleaned and stored for the next syrup season.
As the syrup season is ending, our honey season is begining with the bees waking up and preparing for the upcoming season
Summer – This season should be our time off as far as syrup goes, but really we are just as busy bottling syrup, making candy and walnuts, and selling our products at fairs and local farmer’s markets. The trees are still busy as well, chlorophyll, the green pigment in the leaves, absorbs energy from the sun; and the roots absorb water and minerals from the soil. In the process of photosynthesis, a simple sugar is produced, which is converted to starch, and is stored within the tree. This is the maple tree's food and energy reserve, and the sap we will be collecting later on, as you might have guessed.
Late summer is when the honey bees are most active and is also when we begin to harvest honey here at the Hilljack Sugar Shack.
Autumn – This really is our slowest time of the year. New sugar bushes are scouted, supplies are ordered and brought in for upcoming repairs on our old lines and the installation of our new ones, since we are constantly growing. The early Fall is also when we do most of our honey harvesting from our bee hives. After the harvesting time the honey bees prepare for the slow winter months.
Winter - During the winter the trees remain dormant, as do our honey bees. The starch is stored within the tree, waiting to be the sap we will collect and turn into syrup. As the holidays approach we export loads of our products to all over the world. Hilljack Sugar Shack syrup has traveled as far as South Africa, Ireland, Holland, Sweden, and many other destinations.