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Well… we’re not entirely certain, but we’ve already put out about 200 buckets (half of our total for the season) in preparation for an early and possibly shortened season. The southern New England maple season typically runs from about mid-February until late March when temperatures are in the 40′s during the day but below freezing at night. But this year, the entire winter has seen March-like conditions. Like many of our farm crops, maple syrup production is highly dependent on the weather and difficult to predict, but we are hoping for the best.
For further information about how the warm winter may impact the trees, here’s an interesting article on the future of the Northeast’s maple industry in the face of climate change.