Maple Tapping at Sapsquatch Pure Maple Syrup
While many of you are out enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures, some Finger Lakes small-scale food producers are sweating over bins of boiling maple tree sap. Usually this time of year is great for standing next to a hot vat of syrup but with 70 degree weather it’s a different experience entirely.
This video from Sapsquatch Maple Syrup in Enfield gives you a bit of an insider’s view to the process. And below are some words from Josh Dolan, owner of Sapsquatch, about how the warm winter has treated their usual routine of making maple syrup. For more stories about maple syrup production in the Finger Lakes, and some creative recipes for cooking with maple, be sure to subscribe in time to get our spring issue, or pick one up in any of these locations when it comes out in April.
From Josh Dolan of Sapsquatch Maple Syrup
“The 2012 maple season has been a roller-coaster ride. The unseasonably warm winter has had many producers and maple enthusiasts alike worried over sugar-content and production this year as well as the overall implications of climate change on maple production. Major news outlets like Mother Jones and The Huffington Post have begun reporting on this timely issue, and Sapsquatch is just one of many local farmers worried about this issue.
The season came exceptionally early, but has been very steady in our area compared to other years. Sap has been running since late January and Sapsquatch has been boiling since February 2; almost 3 weeks earlier than ever! The earlier run caught many sugarmakers off guard and early tapping is always a gamble. It was a scramble for us to clean all of our equipment and sap lines during a time of year when we are also scrambling to get in as much extra firewood as possible. We have been working steadily ever since as sap-flow conditions have been very good with a majority of days in the high 30’s and 40’s and nights below freezing. We expect to break our all-time production record of 76 gallons over the next week, and we still have could have as much as another month to go. But an early beginning to the season may also spell an early end. Forecasts of 60 degree temperatures this week could spell the end of the season as trees begin budding. In the past, we could expect to be boiling until at least the first week of April, but this year, it’s anybody’s guess.”