Sugaring Off Time In Maine
I took this series of photos at Pineland Farm in South Glouster, Maine. Cool nights and warm days get the sap flowing from the roots where stored starch is converted to sugars that then are sent up to the branches and budding leaves. To collect the sap, a hole is bored into the tree and a tube is inserted that diverts some of the sap into a collection bucket. Syrup and sugar are obtained by boiling off water to concentrate the sugar. It is delicious. The largest producer of syrup is Quebec, Canada.