Maple syrup production underway at Auer Farm in Bloomfield
BLOOMFIELD, CT (WFSB) – It’s the sweetest time of the year!
Right now is prime time for maple syrup production, and Eyewitness News is at Auer Farm in Bloomfield.
The farm teaches classes year-round.
It takes 40 gallons of sap to produce one full gallon of maple syrup.
Production started at the farm in mid-February and goes until mid-March.
The syrup is tapped from the trees and brought in buckets.
It is then put into a boiler for several hours and when the syrup is 66 percent sugar or 219 degrees Fahrenheit it becomes sticky and syrupy.
This is because temperatures have shifted so much this year it has been great for syrup production, with temperatures that have been below freezing most nights.
“It’s been a great year for collecting sap. We just started the boiling process we haven’t done all of it yet, but we’ve collected about 400 gallons of sap so we have a lot of work to do still. It’s been freezing like I said at night and warm during the day,” said Jonni Marshall, Education and Camp Coordinator at Auer Farm.
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