Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sap still running in the north

While the maple syrup season is well over in Southwestern Ontario, sap is still running in northern regions.

The return of cold weather, including overnight freezing temperatures, extended the season, but only in areas where buds were not beginning to form and therefore giving sap a buddy flavour.

Todd Leuty, agroforestry specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, reports that colouring and flavour were good this season, typical for each grade.

The heavy ice storm no doubt caused damage, but the extent has not yet been assessed by Leuty or the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association.