Producer Says Maple Syrup Season Was Short & SweetPosted: Updated:
"Trees have started to bud and when the trees bud, you're done."
It all comes down to the weather and to Lawrence Rudd, budding trees means the end of maple syrup season and it wasn't exactly the season the Mannsville area producer had in mind.
"A little shorter, but extremely sweet and everything come fast and furious," said Rudd.
Rudd started boiling to make syrup around March 12 and made his final batch last Sunday. Others, like Yancey's Sugarbush and Moser's Maple in the Croghan area, started boiling in mid-March as well. Moser's hopes to get at least one last batch in this weekend.
Rudd describes this year as average.
"I talked to a lot of my other people in the maple industry and everybody's making between 60 to 70 percent of what they normally would, which you know we have to take it for what it is. It could have been a lot worse," he said.
Rudd says that just because the trees are tapped and the sap is boiled, that's doesn't mean the work is done.
"This is the big thing right now. We're done with our maple season. Cleanup is pretty well under way," he said.
Rudd is also planting new maple trees so there will be something to tap for the next generations when they're the ones hoping for better maple syrup seasons.