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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Maple Syrup Problems
It's the start of the maple syrup season here in northern New Hampshire. Reports are in from a number of producers and something is wrong.
Maple syrup is produced by boiling down the maple sap to concentrate the sugar. This year there appears to be very little sugar in the sap. It normally takes a lot of energy to run the evaporators, but it's been worse this year because sugar yields are very low.
What syrup that is produced hasn't been very good. There's an off flavor this year. Even producers with top of the line equipment report these problems.
It is early in the season and there's hope things will improve. Early reports are worrisome. Last year the season was cut short by the unusually warm weather, so they really need a good year. Most maple syrup is produced by small operations. For many it's a labor of love. For others, it's a critical part of their yearly income.
I've never heard of these problems before. Something's going on and no one seems to know what it is.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.