When does maple syrup season begin?

BENTLEY CREEK, Pa (WETM) – Maple syrup season is right around the corner, but with the way the weather has been lately, it’s a waiting game to get the right temperatures for sap to start running.

Sap runs best when the temperature at night is below freezing and then above freezing during the day. The weather lately has not set syrup makers up for success in this category, and it is now about patience to wait for the right temperatures once your trees are tapped and ready to go.

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“There are producers that have made or are making syrup already. Last week, the weather cooperated, and you know, they were ready to go. So we’re still working in the woods, you know, and it looks like it’s going to get cold again. So we’ll watch the weather and see what’s going to happen,” said Jelliff Maple’s Gregory Jelliff.

The beginning of the season is all a waiting game, especially this year. The way the weather keeps changing doesn’t help companies waiting for the proper temperature.

“We’re at the mercy of the weather, so you know, we have to go with what we’re dealt,” said Jelliff.

Once the temperatures are right, you are ready to collect the sap. One gallon of maple syrup takes somewhere between 40 and 60 gallons of sap, so the weather needs to be just right to get the most amount of syrup and make the most products.

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