Cold weather may be affecting maple sugaring season start time

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Maple sugaring season is almost here but this cold weather may be affecting the start time. 

Here’s a sign that spring is getting closer maple syrup will soon be made. 

The Massachusetts maple production season usually starts in mid to late February which is now. The season lasts four to six weeks, but it all depends on the weather. 

There are more than 100 sugarhouses in Massachusetts open to the public, including North Hadley Sugar Shack. They started tapping trees about 10 days ago. But they haven’t harvested any of the sap because it’s just been too cold. 

And officials say by next week, they should start to see their first sap of the season come into their sugarhouse to be made into maple syrup. 

“It’s a wonderful time for us,” said Joe Boysvert, North Hadley Sugar Shack owner. “It’s the first crop of the season in Massachusetts and producing maple syrup and we’re looking forward to it and we’re ready for it.”

The North Hadley sugar house produces about 2,500 gallons of maple syrup a year. It takes about 40 gallons of tree sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. 

They are now serving their daily breakfast again. That goes until April.

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