Sunday, February 24, 2013

A sure sign of spring

Driving through New England this time of year, you will see on harbinger of spring. Sap buckets on the sides of maple trees. Yes, spring is on its way.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

In the coastal areas of south-east New England, we don’t see this very often. It is a more common sight in Maine, New Hampshire and especially Vermont.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Growing up in Vermont, we always talked about the sap running and the quality of the sugaring season. There are a lot of processes that take place to produce sap.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

To get the sap to run, it takes cold nights and warm days. This drives the sap down into the roots at night and up to the branches during the day. As the season progresses, the sugars begin to turn to starch and the quality of the sap declines. Eventually, the sap stops running and the season is over. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make a gallon of maples syrup.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Here on the coast, the season is rather short as that contrast of cold nights and warm days is not reliable. Be sure to visit my maples syrup posts from years go by.

2 comments:

Jenny said...

I got to love maple syrup when I first came over to the States back in the late 1990's. Specially with crispy bacon! I'm pretty sure we don't get the pucker stuff over here across the pond, so I'm envious! (-:

Sharon said...

I was so excited to see the buckets go up around my area! Truly a sign of early spring! Nice shots, Steve.

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