Posted at: 04/26/2013 6:45 PM
Updated at: 04/26/2013 6:54 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
A long and snowy winter helped make for a steady and plentiful maple season in the Northland.
In rural Duluth, Dave Rogotzke and his family have been tapping maples and bottling their Simple Gifts Syrup for 13 years. Their award-winning maple syrup can be found on local menus such as The Duluth Grill.
Friday, Eyewitness News toured the Rogotzke maple forest along with a school field trip. This year, the Rogotzke family tapped nearly 6,000 maples. They said this season has been ideal.
"I was the happiest guy in Duluth with these big snowstorms, it was a gift," said owner and tapper, Dave Rogotzke. "Every snowstorm produced huge runs."
Following one of the snowstorms on April 16th, Rogotzke said they broke their personal record and made over 180 gallons of syrup.
"If you were to design a maple season, this would be it," said Rogotzke.
They tapped their first trees on March 30th. With warmer temperatures in the forecast, Rogotzke said there will be just a few days left in the season.