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Trees Tapped as Maple Syrup Season Begins

Posted at: 03/22/2013 11:42 AM
Updated at: 03/23/2013 12:49 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

'Tis the season for maple syrup.

With temperatures below freezing during the night, and creeping toward above freezing during the day, the sap will soon start to flow.

Eyewitness News found Mike Odberg and a friend tapping Maple trees just south of Superior Friday morning. They hiked through the woods on snowshoes stopping at trees to drill small holes before driving in a spigot. Attached to the spigot is a bag used to collect the sap.

With help from his friend, Odberg said he will put about 300 spigots into between 200 and 250 trees. He's hoping this season turns out better than the last.

"Last year was the worst year in about 100 years. The prior year we had close to 30 gallons, and then last year we got about three," he said.

Once the bags collect the sap, Odberg said it be boiled down until it is sweet enough to put on the table. He said it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.