Sugar Season "marches" on

A maple making workshop in Margaretville. It is finally that time of year again and Mike Porter (at center wearing sunglasses) opened his backyard syrup operation to the Catskill Forest Association and to anyone who wanted to learn about the Catskills tradition. One thing they may have learned is the season is off to a rough start. It’s late and there have been very few days warm enough for the sap to run. And the sap, some say, has a very low sugar content. It can take more than 60 gallons to make one gallon of syrup. Usually it takes about 40, and that means burning excessive amounts of wood to boil it down. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz
Note: This week's "In This Place" column features stories and photos of the sugar harvest from the Catskill Mountain News archives.