Apr 4, 2017

Out of the Sugarwoods

The mild winter produced an earlier sugaring season that was also a shorter season than in the past. Across the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin the season has effectively closed now with many smaller operations squeezing in their last boil the first weekend of April. This year continued a trend of earlier and earlier sugar seasons which disconcerted many maple syrup producers. Many of them maintain that there is definitely a need for the sap to stay in the tree for a certain amount of time for flavor and nutrients to be fully absorbed in the sap. Regardless, true spring is now near. Pussy willows are popping and the ice is mostly gone on area lakes. In the last week or so robins have arrived in great numbers bringing the juncos with them.