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PRI's Environmental News Magazine

Earth Ear: Maple Sugaring

Air Date: Week of April 29, 2011

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Maple sugar season is over. Mark Seth Lender recorded the last batch of boiling sap at Moore’s Sugar Shack in Westbrook, CT. Sweet!

Transcript

[SOUND OF LOADING FIREBOX]

GELLERMAN: The longest maple sap run in Connecticut in recent years has just come to an end for Jacob Moore. He's ‘sugar-master’ at Moore’s Sugar Shack in Westbrook.

[HEAVY METAL DOOR OPENS]

GELLERMAN: Producer Mark Seth Lender captured the sounds of the very last batch of boiling sap sugaring down into the thick, dark, sweet stuff. And he found out that it takes about 40 gallons of maple sap to produce just one gallon of syrup. You can see some of Mark’s pictures at LOE.org.

[SOUND OF LOADING FIREBOX, SAP SUGARS BOILING TO SYRUP]


Jacob Moore of Moore’s Sugar Shack in Westford, CT load the firebox for sugaring down maple syrup. (Mark Seth Lender ©)

 

Links

September 24, 2010 Back Story: Listen to a short interview with Mark Seth Lender about the swallow funnel along the Connecticut River.

November 20, 2009 Back Story: Listen to a short interview with Mark Seth Lender about Wild Turkeys.

Salt Marsh Diary

 

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