Maple syrup flows early this year in Salem

The harvest season usually starts in February when the weather starts breaking

Maple sugar production expected to be high in Salem, Ohio.

SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – Misty Maple Sugar House in Salem is expecting a larger production of maple syrup this season.

Owner David Hively says he is hoping for 1000 gallons of the syrup by the end of the season. Last year, he estimates his business did 700 gallons. Two years ago, it was 1400 gallons.

Hively said weather plays a big role in production. The harvest season usually starts in February when the weather starts breaking, but he knows a few harvesters who began in January this year.

Hively was a bit shocked to see such warmer temperatures so quickly after the deep freeze. He said he got caught off guard by the warming trend.

“I always like to watch and hold back because we had that below zero weather here a couple of weeks ago,” Hively said.

The weather plays a huge role in how much sap will run from the trees this time of year. Hively said to get maple sap it has to get down below freezing and then warmer during the day so the sap runs freely. He’s had about two or three good runs so far this year.

“Usually the more syrup out there, the price might fluctuate a little bit. We’ve probably held our prices here over the last half dozen years,” Hively said.

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