Maple syrup harvest flow moving slow

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:30 PM ET

KINGSTON, Ont. — This year’s maple syrup harvest is slow to flow but will be worth the wait, experts say.

A harsher-than-normal winter in Ontario and Quebec has delayed the start of the syrup season by anywhere from one to three weeks, but producers aren’t worried.

"I have a feeling it's going to be a short season this year," said Gary Gorr of Gorr's Maple Syrup in Harrowsmith, Ont.

"I think it's going to be short and sweet."

Maple trees depend on cold nights and warm days to get their sap flowing. Producers say the ideal conditions for sap collection and syrup production are a few consecutive days with daytime highs of 5 C and night-time lows of -5 C.

According to Environment Canada, temperatures are mostly expected to remain below freezing into the middle of March.

But Gorr said he would try to take advantage of the occasional warmer days to tap some of the 1,850 trees in his sugar bush.


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