An early maple syrup season isn't always a good thing

Maple syrup season kicking off early doesn't necessarily translate to ideal conditions for syrup production. Despite the eagerness to tap trees as soon as temperatures begin to rise, the quality and quantity of syrup heavily depend on specific weather patterns. Maple trees require a delicate balance of dark, cold nights and warm, sunny days to stimulate the flow of sap. An early start to the season can sometimes mean inconsistent weather, and thus shorter production periods.