Maple syrup season is upon us and it’s the weather that plays a large role in determining just how successful the season will be.
“The season was a real hard start. We had 40 inches of snow on the ground so tapping was bad. We had snowshoes and it was some long days and hours because everything took twice as long as it should have.” -Chris Blaser
The amount of rain and snow that falls before the season begins can be an indicator on how the trees will do as the weather warms up.
“We had a lot of moisture last fall and we had a lot of moisture this winter that usually means for a good year. There isn’t too much frost on the ground which is allowing the trees to pull the sap up now. But of course, the sooner we can get rid of the snow and get the ground unthawed the harder the trees will run.”
Overnight temperatures near 25 degrees with afternoon highs in the middle 40’s and light winds make for an ideal maple syrup day.
“Tonight doesn’t look like we’ll freeze up to late. Today it should be a really big day because it should run until 11:00 or midnight. It runs pretty good to about 34 degrees and then with the wind current through the tubing it starts freezing everything up at 34 and then the sap production will be shut off.
Not all maple trees and areas of the state make for good maple syrup production.
“You want to get into a sugar maple kind of area. A nice heavy dense sugar maple. There is soft maple and sugar maple. Soft maple is just kind of second string and the sugar content isn’t as good.”
And Chris’ son Colton has some great advice on how to use your maple syrup.
“Put it on pancakes!”