‘Round about September of last year, everyone this side of Albany braced for another brutal winter. After all, the one before had been truly epic. Yet, the months that came proved happily mild in comparison.
One of the pleasant side effects of said winter has been a bumper crop for Massachusetts maple-syrup producers. Per the Associated Press: "The Massachusetts Maple Producers Association announced Tuesday that according to federal statistics the state produced 77,000 gallons of syrup in 2016, 2,000 gallons more than 2015's record-setting yield."
Make no mistake: Deep freezes arrived in February and March, but they were perfectly timed and just long enough to keep the sap running from the more than 300,000 trees that the state’s approximately 250 maple-syrup producers tap.
As solid as Massachusetts’ numbers were this go-round, they have nothing on Vermont: That state led the nation with almost 2,000,000 gallons of the stuff produced.