Chardon family business has earliest maple-syrup tapping

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CHARDON, Ohio– Richards Maple Products is keeping busy this winter and it’s thanks to the warm temperatures.

“We were fortunate enough to tap a couple of weeks ago. It’s our earliest tapping on record. We tapped right at the end of January,” vice president Jen Freeman said.

She said normally they have to wait a little bit longer, but the trees were ready to go.

The tapping process is pretty simple. They drill a hole into the tree and then hook a hose up to it. The hose then removes the sap and it’s eventually turned into syrup.

“We run on tubing here, so it’s all collected for us at the end of the day, waiting to be boiled,” she explained.

Speaking of boiling, they’re going to be doing a lot of that this weekend. Temperatures are expected to be in the high 50s and that means the sap will be flowing.

“It looks like we’re going to be tired this weekend,” she said.

More information on Richards Maple Products here

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