Quebec’s 2016 maple syrup production was 148.2 million pounds, an unprecedented 23% jump from the previous record of 120 million pounds set in 2013, the Federation of Quebec Maple Producers reported. [ MORE ]
Sugarmakers in the Granite State are worried about the forecast this week.
“It looks like it’s going to warm up real fast,” said Bruce Treat, a sugarmaker in Bow, N.H. with 700 taps on pipeline. Treat tapped on Feb. 17 and 18 and boiled for the first time on Feb. 21. “It makes you wonder if the the trees are going to recharge,” he said.
Treat was not alone in his concerns. [ MORE ]
Bay State sugarmakers were rejoicing over what was for many a record-setting February production. “I’ve never made that much in February,” said Robert Spencer of Mt. Massaemet Sugar House in Shelburne Falls, Mass. He was like many sugarmakers in the state and throughout lower New England who were scrambling to get all their taps out and keep up with the early season.
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