The maple sap revolution

Photo by Tim Abbott

The sap is running from maple trees here in the Tri-state region. If you know someone who makes their own syrup, give him or her a call and see if you can buy a half gallon of the pure, clear sap, before they boil it down into amber syrup. 

Here’s the math: It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. And most people still boil down the sap in a tank over a wood fire. It takes a long time for all the water to boil out of the sap, so someone has to keep an eye on the tank and to keep chucking logs into the fire.

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