Boun­ti­ful syrup sea­son near­ing end

Stanstead Journal - - HAPPENINGS - Victoria Vanier

Peo­ple are still col­lect­ing sap and mak­ing am­ple syrup in the re­gion, thanks in large part to those cold night­time tem­per­a­tures that most of us are get­ting tired of. This week marks the be­gin­ning of the sev­enth week of sap col­lec­tion for many farm­ers and this sea­son’s yield of maple syrup is ex­pected to be big.

“We boiled sap last Thurs­day but it was quiet over the week­end. We’re ex­pect­ing it to run to­day, and it could run all night, and we ex­pect another run this week. When it gets very cold like it has been it can take a lit­tle longer for it to get go­ing again,” said Way’s Mills maple syrup pro­ducer, Stan­ley Holmes. “So far we’ve made a lot more syrup than last year, and I know there are lots of pro­duc­ers look­ing for drums. The quan­tity is there but the qual­ity has also been good this year. I’ve seen years when we’ve boiled for six or seven weeks, but the sea­son usu­ally lasts about five weeks,” he added.

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