Sunday, March 25, 2007

Cool Temperatures Delay Maple Syrup Production

WSCH-TV Portland, Maine

Web Editor: Matt Bush, Online Content Producer
Created: 3/25/2007 4:58:43 PM
Updated: 3/25/2007 7:46:16 PM

The cool temperatures overnight put a snag in the line for maple syrup producers in Central Maine. Even though steam billowed out of the Sugar Shack at Lucerne Farms, and people lined the road to see the operation, the lines that actually carry the maple sap froze solid overnight.

Despite frozen lines at the start of the day, there were still plenty of maple syrup samples served to visitors who stopped by the Holden operation in Penobscot County. Many families wanted a first-hand look at how the sweet treat is made, which also included a tour through the sugar bush. "Meet the people who are actually making the maple syrup. It takes a lot to make it, and it's nice that people who go at this as their business are actually sharing it with people who have never experienced it before," said Linda Lord of Tremont.Maine trails only Vermont in the amount of syrup produced each year. Last year, Maine maple producers made 30 thousand gallons of syrup.

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