XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) Sweet success is still possible despite being a week late with tapping sugar maple trees. Staff and volunteers with Greene County Parks and Trails were busy tapping fifteen trees Thursday morning.
This isn’t the first time the cold weather has delayed the process. Naturalist Mel Grosvenor says they would have liked to been out tapping last week.
“With the weather being so frigid we didn’t want our staff and volunteers here in the cold. It’s kind of pointless because the trees aren’t going to be producing any sap when it’s that cold,” Grosvenor explains.
Ideal conditions for sap to flow are temperatures in the 40’s during the day and below freezing at night. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup.
Dennis Jarvi of Beavercreek is a volunteer who loves spending time outdoors. He has been helping tap trees and giving tours for the past seven years.
“We’ll probably have to empty the bucket daily once it really starts to flow,” explains Jarvi.
Only healthy trees about nine or ten inches in diameter are tapped. If the trees were tapped last year volunteers look at the bark to see if it has healed enough to be tapped again.
The bitter cold has delayed the flow of sap and therefore is decreasing supply. Mel Grosvenor is weary that prices at the grocery store may go up for your tasty treat.
Grosvenor says, “If you’re buying the real maple syrup it’s going to be pretty expensive. In years pas a gallon would be about $50 and this year I’ve heard it may be near $75 a gallon.”
The Narrows Reserve use the maple syrup for its annual pancake breakfast. This years breakfast is on March first and is using syrup from last year. Click here to find more information about the pancake breakfast.