Mar 15, 2011 — The pails are up and the sap is flowing. Weather plays a large part in the making of maple syrup. Last year's early spring ended the syrup production season abruptly in some parts of the state. Entering this year's maple syrup season, which usually runs from early March to mid-April, maple producers are eager to put last year behind them. Todd Moe spoke with a couple of syrup producers who say conditions are ideal for the start of the North Country's sweetest season. Go to full article
One of the 5,500 sap buckets at Yancey's Sugarbush near Croghan.
Mar 03, 2009 — It's only a couple of weeks until the sap starts flowing from maple trees across the North Country. And maple producers are getting ready. Todd Moe talks with a fifth generation maple producer in Lewis County. Go to full article
Maple syrup producer Charlie Rutley with his new evaporator at his sugar shack near Potsdam.
Mar 18, 2005 — Maple syrup producers across the North Country are hoping temperatures might rise enough today or Saturday for the sap to start or continue running. The season is nearly two weeks late in some parts of New York and Vermont. The late season isn't unusual but some producers fear it could decrease the number of sugaring days. Ideal weather for sugaring is temperatures in the 40s during the day and the 20s at night. This weekend, producers will open their sugar houses to the public whether they have sap to boil or not. Todd Moe reports. Go to full article
Apr 11, 2003 — Yesterday's warm temperatures induced a late run of sap in the maple trees of northern New York and Vermont. The second run may save a strange season that maple syrup producers feared was going to be a disaster. But as David Sommerstein reports, tappers further South weren't so lucky. Go to full article
Apr 04, 2001 — A tenacious winter is slowing the progress of Vermont's maple sugar season. But sugar makers say while the quantities have been small so far, the quality has been excellent. They're looking forward to forecasts this week with temperatures below freezing at night and above 40 during the day—ideal sap producing conditions. One St. Lawrence county maple sugar producer says, despite a late spring, the syrup season is going just fine. John Scarlett is a blacksmith in Rossie who also makes maple syrup each spring. He told Todd Moe the maple season can vary greatly within the same region. Go to full article