Sap doesn’t naturally run uphill. Our first challenge at Georgia Mountain Maples was figuring out how to get our sap up and over the mountain. Determined not to use trucks to move it from one side of the property to the other, we successfully installed 500 miles of tubing with water-vacuum pumps to transfer our sap directly from the tree to the sugarhouse. All of the sap runs into the main pump station, right outside the sugarhouse. During sugaring season, we’re constantly walking the lines and making sure the sap is running efficiently.