Maple sugar season kicks off in Connecticut
It’s maple sugar season in Connecticut, and some of the state's largest maple syrup producers are working around the clock.
Over at Maplewood Farm in Harwinton, Connecticut, owner Spencer Luthy spends his days tapping trees. He's been doing so for about 10 years.
"We tap about 300 trees. Our focus at this farm is maple syrup," he says.
One town over, Luthy's mentor and friend Rob owns Lamothe Sugarhouse located in Burlington, Connecticut.
"We started basically in 1971, and we started off with seven taps. Today we have 5,600 taps," Lamothe says.
With that many taps, Lamothe Sugarhouse is the largest producer of maple products in the state.
"We’ve got 26 miles of tubing in the woods, and that’s how we gather every drop of sap," Lamothe says.
The cold nights in the 20s and warmer days in the 40s make February to March the ideal maple sugar season because sap starts moving inside trees.
On average, 43 gallons of sap is needed to make just 1 gallon of maple syrup, which contains about 2% sugar.
Lamothe says his business utilized curbside pickup for the first time this year because of the pandemic and that he is spreading the word online to let people know that maple syrup is available at the farm stand.