Expert Says Cold Weather Won’t Save Maple Season

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An expert on Vermont’s maple sugar industry says the return of seasonably chilly temperatures won’t save this year’s season for many sugarmakers.

University of Vermont Extension Service maple specialist Tim Wilmot says last week’s summer temperatures meant the end of collecting sap for most sugarmakers. He says reports he’s getting indicate that most made half to two-thirds the syrup they produce in an average season.

Wilmot says sap may begin running again. But with most trees preparing to bud due to last week’s temperatures in the 70s and 80s, any syrup made from here on out like won’t be of very good quality or flavor.

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