Growing up in New Hampshire and Vermont the maple trees would be tapped in March. It took a few years for me to get used to them being tapped here in February. Did you know that it takes 40-50 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup? One tree produces 10-20 gallons of sap. My favorite way to eat maple syrup is on snow! Growing up we called them Leather Aprons but most people call it sugar on snow. You heat the maple syrup until it forms a sticky ball on the snow (the snow was collected in a baking type dish), once you've got the right consistency you drizzle it on the snow and it hardens to the most delicious chewy candy. My Aunt and Uncle had a farm and a sap camp (they boiled their own sap down to maple syrup) where they would serve donuts and dill pickles (to offset the sweetness) alongside the leather aprons. When you got down to the bottom of the pan with very little hot maple syrup left you could stir it for quite a while to make maple candy. Just one of my very favorite things.