Warmer weather could turn poor maple syrup season around

HADLEY, Mass (WWLP) – The cold weather we had this winter and spring has had an effect on the maple sugar season. The 22News Storm Team shows us how things are looking up now.

The weather we’ve had over the last couple of days has helped to get the sap flowing.

The North Hadley Sugar Shack was very busy Thursday boiling the sap o mand turning it intaple syrup. After a slow start to the maple sugar season the conditions have finally improved, but the hard winter we had did set things back this year.

“Usually the last 6 to 8 years we used to starting around mid February and through the month of March this year we did really start until mid March and here it’s April already and if the weather holds like it has been doing I think we can produce syrup into the middle of the month here.”

Joe Boisvert of the North Hadley Sugar Shack told 22News that overnight temperatures in the upper 20′s with a rapid warm up in the morning really helps to get the sap flowing.

He says the maple syrup has a great flavor this year, and although production has been below average, if the weather continues to cooperate they could end up around average for the season.

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