The 2019 maple season is coming to a close. Both Ryan & John made some syrup on a backyard scale. Many of CFA’s members also got into the backyard maple sugaring business as well. We’ll discuss how the season went, things we learned and potential tips for making improvements.

Ryan Trapani has been backyard sugaring since 2007. John MacNaught used to manage Paul Smith College’s maple sugaring operations while a student there. He now has 1,000 taps he currently manages where he grew up in Delancey, Delaware County; John sells the sap there to commercial maple producers, while making some syrup where he lives on a backyard scale.