Season Summaries


Season Update #1: Low sugar in Pa. early season

Sandra Lepley | March 11, 2018

Many maple producers in Western Pennsylvania were reporting a low sugar content to start the season off in late January and early February.
With an unusually cold winter and temporary warm streaks here and there, the weather has played a big part in maple production in the Keystone State. MORE ]


Season Update #3: Snow settles trees in the Northeast

Peter Gregg | March 9, 2018

The second Nor’Easter in a week in the Northeast has slowed down the trees and given sugarmakers a much needed break.

“We boiled nine out of the last 10 days in a row through Wednesday,” said Joanne Birch of Readsboro, Vt. who has already made half a crop.

But on Thursday and Friday, Birch got 22.5 inches of snow, piled on top of the 9 inches from the Nor’Easter last week.

“It’s all fluffy stuff but I don’t want to have to go in the woods,” she said. MORE ]


Season Update #2: Northeast season off to brisk start

Peter Gregg | March 2, 2018

A ten day stretch of perfect sugaring weather in February had sugarmakers scrambling to get taps in and tanks set.

And making a ton of syrup.

“We were tapped by Feb. 6 and boiling on Feb. 15,” said Paul Turner of Turner Maple Farms in Egremont, Mass. MORE ]


US maple crop way up over last year

Peter Gregg |

The United States maple crop came in at 4.207 million gallons, a massive jump over last year's crop of 3.434 million gallons, according to the statistics service of the U.S. agriculture department. MORE ]


Quebec crop a massive record breaker

Caroline Cyr, Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers |

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 ]


Season closing down in some northern areas

Peter Gregg |

The season in some parts of the northern U.S. is close to the end, with lots of happy sugarmakers. "All of our drums are full," said Dave Fuller, of Fuller's Sugarhouse in Lancaster, N.H. "So I guess that's a good sign." MORE ]


Sugarmakers hoping for a reset this weekend

Peter Gregg |

Southern Vermont sugarmakers were hoping for a reset this week, with temperatures rising and tree buds swelling.
"I think we have at least another week," said David Mance a 3,000 tap sugarmaker in Shaftsbury, Vt. MORE ]