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Syrupy sweetness in the air

Local maple production in full swing


FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Buckets collect sap from a maple tree as steam rises from the sugar camp at Ron Downs’ farm. ABOVE: Ron Moffitt gets a stream of maple water flowing through his recently installed reverse osmosis machine. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

Although it’s a bit late in the season, Logan County maple syrup makers got a break late this week as the sap started flowing full force.

After the snow earlier this week, the weather broke leaving ideal conditions for making maple syrup on Thursday, producers at the Downs and Moffitt farms in Monroe Township report.

“We were surprised because on Wednesday we didn’t expect there would be a haul (Thursday) or (Friday) because of the weather,” said Margaret Gerriett, daughter of the late Kaylor and Pauline Moffitt who started the maple operation in 1949.

“We are two weeks behind; so, how long will it last? Probably not long,” Ms. Gerriett’s brother Ron Moffitt said.

For Ron Downs of a nearby maple syrup operation, the weather isn’t a major factor although the season won’t likely be as productive as the bumper crop driven by an unseasonably warm late winter season last year.

“Last year was a good season — an early season,” he said. “We were done by this time last year, but here we are just tapping. All this snow doesn’t really hurt anything I don’t think.”

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