April 7, 2021

Maple Syrup Making Also Boomed as a Pandemic Hobby

By Michelle Sinclair Colman

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At-home evaporators sold out, and attention to the maple sugaring classifieds surged.

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  Mr. Gregg’s own sugaring exploits started that way in 1997, and he now has over 1,000 taps. “Making a pure natural product just feels good,” he said.
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  Maple sugaring can be complicated, but they are plenty of resources for hobbyists. The University of Vermont’s Extension Maple Program has lots of resources and information for the public, including a maple podcast. The University of New Hampshire has a hotline for maple sugaring questions.
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- The university also details tips for beginners including tree identification, tapping guidelines, sap collection, sap handling, sizing the evaporator or pan, and boiling sap. (Traditionally, one tap produces about one gallon of sap and then 40 gallons of sap reduces down to one gallon of syrup.)
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+ The university also details tips for beginners including tree identification, tapping guidelines, sap collection, sap handling, sizing the evaporator or pan, and boiling sap. (Traditionally, one tap produces about one gallon of sap per day and then 40 gallons of sap reduces down to one gallon of syrup.)
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  Although maple trees grow in most states, the northeastern states rival each other in an unofficial contest for maple syrup’s spiritual home.
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  So perhaps it is an unofficial job requirement for the governor of New Hampshire, Chris Sununu, to be a dedicated sugarer. His 8-year old son, Leo, is his tree tapping assistant, and his two teenagers, Edie and Calvin, “do the heavy lifting.”

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