(WTNH) — It’s now the time of the year where thousands in New England have begun turning this…into this in their own yards and farms. While the season has been longer than average in Connecticut, it’s been anything but easy due to the stranger weather we’ve seen this winter.
[Vincent Lavorgna, Brooksvale Park Ranger, Hamden] You know, you hope for sort of consistency of weather, but this year has been the opposite. Warm and then cold…no consistency, makes it a little hard.
This years springtime thaw came early which gave us syrup as early as January, but the recent mild weather hasn’t been great for the maple sugaring season.
There was a good early season run of sap. The syrup we’re making from our latest run of sap is a much darker syrup.
A darker syrup does mean less sugar content, but it also mean more flavor!
The most amazing thing is that you don’t have to go to a store to get amazing maple syrup, you can actually do it in your own yard.
And I think my first year, I probably ended up with maybe a quart of maple syrup.
This is Stephen Greenwood from Cheshire…he’s one of the thosands in New England bit by the maple syrup bug.
[Stephen Greenwood, Cheshire] And I started around the first of February, I have since tapped about 85 trees in the yard. Built the sugar shack in the back yard and I’ve made as much as 18 gallons in my peak year, but usually close to 10 gallons a year I’m making.
And with syrup costing over 30 times what gas costs, for a few dollars and a lot of labor of love, you can be making your own syrup in just a few short days. Better hurry up, the season is coming to a close soon! I’m Meteorologist Sam Kantrow, News 8.