PRAIRIE CREEK, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Locally made maple syrup will soon be available, after the cold weather delayed tapping for sap.
Maintenance specialist Mark Wiggins said normally they would tap at the beginning of February, but had to wait for the freeze to thaw out.
“We’re pretty much at the mercy of Mother Nature,” Wiggins said. “When the temperatures are in the low to mid 40s and get down to 28, 29, 30 degrees, and then it thaws out in the afternoon, the sap flows really well. With the temperatures on the rise to 50 and not getting below freezing, it really cuts back on our production of sap.”
But the pumps were turned on Monday, and they’re tapping 200 trees. They collected about 250 gallons of sap Monday, and usually start boiling when they have 800 gallons.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to get something out of it this year, but with this late start and the warm temperatures coming up, the sap probably won’t be flowing as much as it usually should be,” Wiggins said.
Those wanting to purchase maple syrup should call the Vigo County Parks main office at (812) 462-3392.