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Sap collectors play the waiting game

Your efforts to make maple syrup this spring may have to wait a little bit longer.


The sap is usually running by this time of the year as collectors look to gather as much as possible to make the most maple syrup. This year is the latest Bill Roethle from Hillside Apples in Casco has gone without tapping his trees for sap, thanks in part to snow cover, cold temperatures, and a deep frost. Temperatures will be in the mid-40s to low 50s next week, though Roethle says Mother Nature is not completely cooperating with the process this year even when it does warm up.

He is still hopeful for a good harvest despite the games the temperatures are playing with him and other sap collectors this spring. 

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