TRURO - It has been a sweet maple syrup season some producers say, despite early concerns the long winter would shorten the yield.
“We had a good yield … I’m at about 80 per cent of a normal season,” said Jim Bezanson, of Swan’s Maple Products in New Annan.
“I’m very happy with that. With the way the season started off I thought it was going to be a total bust but it didn’t turn out too bad.”
Bezanson was waiting to see if his maple trees were going to produce more sap on Thursday and, if they did run, he said, “we’ll be in better shape than I thought we would be.”
Peter Grant of Maple Mist Farms in the Earltown area said he was also pleased with the season’s results.
“It went good. Our second best year (in the seven years he has been operating),” Grant said.
Last year, Maple Mist Farms produced 760 gallons of syrup from the 6,600 trees he taps.
And with the additional sap he expected to draw from the trees on Thursday, he said this year’s yield would put him at more than 90 per cent of last year’s production.
“We hope to get some today and our evaporator is still full,” he said. “We can’t complain. We’ve been pretty fortunate, I guess, we’re going to be pretty close to last year.”