Maple syrup production in the United States fell 13% this year overall.
That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which said production in Vermont, the nation’s leading syrup producer, dropped 2% to 450,000 gallons.
New Hamphire was down 6% to about 60,000 gallons.
Maine was especially hard hit, with production down 25% over last year. Syrup producers say the weather went from too cold to too warm very quickly, so the sap was only running for a short time.
The perfect weather for maple syrup production is below-freezing nights and above-freezing days.