Re: When to tap maple trees?
Last fall I visited the Berkshire in NY. I was talking to a person that owns a maple syrup farm... When they start pulling the sap they have a short window to work with... they pull sap from the same tree but when the window closes they have 4 grades or grading of syrup... Fancy, Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber, and grade B. Fancy grade is the best and Grade B is the type for making candy or the type on ice cream.. So the early sap is when they get their best grade and as the weeks advance the poorer grades are pulled and all grades are used for different purposes as far as the industry goes.. So when you buy syrup in New England make sure you check what grade it is so your getting the most for your money.. Don't spend money thinking it's the fancy grade and it's the last Grade B. Not that it won't taste good on ice cream or for making candy.