HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a short-lived season, but the fruits of it sustain hundreds of businesses in the Pioneer Valley.
Maple sugaring is a New England tradition that has been honored for decades in towns across Massachusetts.
This year will mark the North Hadley’s Sugar Shack 19th season in operation. Owner Joe Boisvert told 22News that they have been preparing, and will soon start drilling maple sugar trees.
On average, it takes 40 gallons of sap to yield one gallon of maple syrup.
The North Hadley Sugar Shack produces anywhere between 1500 and 1800 gallons of pure maple syrup each season. Boisvert says that the deep snowpack will help with the harvest work.
“The freezing and thawing builds up pressure and it gets the sap very active, it flows out of the sugar maple tree. So if we have a combination of freezing nights and warm days, maybe even a snow storm or two in March, that’ll be fine with us,” Boisvert said.
The season is short, only lasting anywhere from four to six weeks. Boisvert says those looking to experience what it’s like to gather the sap and make syrup shouldn’t wait to visit sugar shacks. He plans to tap into their first tree this Wednesday.