Olkkola Farm - Maple Facts
* There are 200+ species of maple trees. The rock maple and sugar maple produce the best sap to make syrup and other maple products.- The locations where these maple trees grow are: southeastern Canada, NH, ME, VT, PA, & Ohio
* The weather is the most important factor in the final maple syrup product.
* Night temperatures need to be below freezing [mid 20’s is ideal].
* Day temperatures need to be in the 40’s
* Cloud cover will slow the sap running
* Snow covering the ground helps keep the ground frozen and trees from budding - prolonging the sugar season
* When sap flows it is referred to as a “run” or “running”.
* Maple season [sugar season] generally lasts about 4-6 weeks.
* March is the prime month for production.
* Maple trees should be at least 30+ years old before being tapped. A 40 year old sugar maple tree will produce about ten gallons of sap per season [about enough to make one quart of syrup].
* Trees are not harmed by the tapping process as tapping only harvests about 10% of all the sap a tree produces.
* It takes 30-50 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of maple syrup.
* A gallon of syrup weighs about 11 pounds.
* Native Americans called their syrup product “sweetwater”.
* Maple syrup should be stored in a cool, dry place before opening and refrigerated after opening. [We like it best warmed slightly before using - only warm amount to be used, not the entire jug.]
* Syrup can be frozen successfully! If your syrup molds on the surface [after being stored for some time] - no problem! Skim mold from the surface, heat to boiling point, skim surface again. Rinse container well with HOT water and refill with HOT syrup.
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