04/21/16 - 4:38pm
With three weeks gone in the season, Kenai birch sap is still streaming on the central Kenai Peninsula, trickling in slow, steady drips that can add up to a half gallon a day.
Tappers are taking to the trees standing in backyards or public lands to collect the sweet liquid to drink fresh, freeze for later or boil down into a saccharine version of itself.
“I found out you can’t really turn off the tap,” said Kenai resident Marcus Mueller, who is trying out tapping for the first time this year. “Once it is on, the faucet stays on.”