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Producers Prepare To Make Maple Syrup

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Maple syrup makers are getting ready to cook sap that's finally flowing from trees.  Producers think they'll have fresh maple syrup ready by the end of next week.

Jon Baroun and his family are preparing to make maple syrup on their De Pere-area farm for their customers as early as next week.

The lines are beginning to thaw.

"They were flowing yesterday," Baroun said.

Baroun is almost finished setting up 900 taps.

With a warm-up expected next week, he anticipates the tanks will fill up fast.

"It'll be a steady stream coming out of those lines..and we'll be able to fill it up half, three-quarters..and we can take it home and cook it," he said.

Experts say due to the frigid temperatures, the process of making maple syrup here in Northeast Wisconsin is running behind schedule compared to previous years.

"This is actually the latest we've tapped our trees in the last nine or ten years," Jena Winter, Barkhausen Waterfowl preserve naturalist, said. "We just think it's the deep frost that we had this year, the roots are probably still frozen, and it probably took a while for things to thaw out," she added.

Baroun says it's hard to predict how long this year's season will last but hopes he'll reach at least two hundred gallons of sap.

When that happens, he plans to start making syrup inside his cooking shed.

And he should have a fresh batch ready to sell to his customers shortly after.

"They're real happy that they get a product that's local. People really enjoy that," Baroun said.

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