So early … Bill put out a few taps yesterday since the weather (sunny, over 40º during the day and below 32º at night) was just perfect for the sap to make its trips from ground to the sky and back again.
With the climate changes we are already experiencing, it’s hard to decide when to begin. In just three years we’ve gone from late February and early March to early January. This may not be a stable change, but it is an indicator that weather is definitely changing. Syrup producers all over the northeast have noticed changes—not just in the past three years, but for the past twenty.
Like all things matter-based, maple sugaring may disappear from this area in time. In fact it will — we just don’t know when.
In the meantime we do our little part, sharing carefully and respectfully with the maple giants that surround us, and we are grateful.