Changing Weather Means Tapping into a Sweet Season

Mar 26, 2015

Maple syrup season only comes around once a year, and for a very short time. The production process is labor-intensive, and it can take 35-40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup.
Credit Courtesy / ACRES Land Trust

When late winter and early spring come around, it means just one thing for those at the sugar bush stands scattered across Northeast Indiana: it’s syrup season.

The tradition of tapping sugar maple trees for their sweet sap predates the European arrival in North America, and while some of the technology has changed, the process remains largely the same (and the product completely delicious).

But it takes a lot of work – and a lot of help from the trees and the weather – to turn the natural energy stored in maples into the syrups and candies you’ll find on store shelves.

Tapping sugar maples is relatively simple: all you need is a spile, a bucket, and maybe a few friends to help.
Credit Courtesy / ACRES Land Trust

As part of the first entry in WBOI's new series exploring the natural wonders of our region, ACRES Land Trust Executive Director Jason Kissel stopped by the WBOI studios to chat with Sean Bueter about the tradition and science of maple sap and syrup.

You can find out more about ACRES Land Trust at its website and keep up with the organization on its Facebook page.