Why some sugar makers are collecting sap earlier than usual

Weather conditions are allowing sugar makers to sap early

CHARLEMONT, Mass. (WWLP) – Normally, sugar houses across Franklin County would start collecting sap in March, but some sugar makers are ahead of schedule.

Some sugar makers started a little early because we’ve been experiencing above freezing temperatures during the day, which are ideal for sap collection. “We decided that the risk of sapping early was less than the risk of waiting and potentially missing something good,” said Jubal Coli from Blue Heron Farm in Charlemont.

The team at Blue Heron Farm use an extensive network of tubes to collect sap from their maple trees. The tubes connect to the sugar house where the sap is boiled down to syrup.

One of the owners of Blue Heron Farm told 22News, their sap season started late the past two years because it stayed too cold too long. “In 2015 and 2014, the season ran late, so we didn’t get much in March, but then we boiled until the 21st of April two years ago and the 15th of April last year,” said Bill Coli.

They’re hoping this season will produce a lot of sap for maple production. “We’re having kind of ideal conditions at this point. We have been getting small sap runs,” said Norma Coli from Blue Heron Farm.

Ideal conditions for producing sap are cold nights, typically around 20-degrees, and warmer days around 40-degrees.

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