Preseason Maple Sugaring in Western Mass

One major positive about winter, especially here in New England, is that it stays lighter later every day from the winter solstice in December right to the summer solstice in June. Another positive? Maple harvesting season. With over three hundred maple syrup producers, the four-to-six-week maple sugaring season is a big deal in the Commonwealth. But what do maple producers do during the other ten months of the year? It might be more than you think. Connecting Point‘s Brian Sullivan visits Dufresne’s Sugar House and Ioka Valley Farm in the for a look at the “preseason” for maple growers.