There is a time in Eastern Ontario
spring when the temperature oscillates
day and night
between being above 0 degrees during the day and below freezing at
It is the time when there is usually still snow on the ground, no pesky
bugs and the
off the snow is bright enough to send local residents scurrying to the
to buy sun glasses to protect their eyes from the glaring sun.
March 4, 2016 - The
long range weather forecasts indicate that the Maple
should be running well this year in
Eastern Ontario with days starting about
14, 2016 when the
daytime temperatures will be above 0 degrees C and
the night time temperatures below 0 C.
Harvesting maple sap over the next 30 days
looks favourable for maple syrup producers because of the
predicted temperatures especially when night time
temperatures are exceeding freezing....
It is also the time when maple
sap starts to flow from the trees to wood fired evaporators
almost transparent sap into the golden sweet maple syrup which is
first crop of every year. Sap collection and subsequent boiling
has happened a long time
since the first settlers located here some 300 years ago.
Maple syrup on North America is
graded under the following colour classifications
||Percentage of Light Transmission
||75% or more
||50% or more but less than 75%
||25% or more but less than 50%
||Less than 25%
In Ontario, it is produced under
Regulation 119 Ontario Maple Syrup Regulations
tdc's FarmGate went out with the
1st Sydenham Ontario's Beaver Troop and their
family and friends to "Maple Madness" at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area
in Kingston Ontario Canada to find out what making maple syrup is all
this photo essay to help the world understand why people who live in
feel passionately that maple syrup production is part of their heritage.