Maple syrup producers still waiting for sweet rewards in Connecticut

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BURLINGTON -- There is plenty of potential and it has been tapped, but there has been very little to show for it.

Maple syrup producers across the state have been slowed down by the winter weather and cold temperatures that have persisted even if the calendar says it's spring.

maple syrupAt Lamothe's Sugar House in Burlington, owner Rob Lamothe is overseeing his 26 miles of tubing attached to sugar maple trees all around his area and he is still waiting for a trickle to turn to a flow. "I have never, in 44 years of making syrup, started in  March, its never happened," Lamothe said. "Last year was the latest we ever started and that was the third weekend in February."

Lamothe, who is a former vice president of the Maple Syrup Producers of Connecticut, said there is a lot riding on the sap still stuck in the trees. "We've got a lot invested," he said. "Equipment, tubing, repairs, labor."IMG_4781

Despite the record cold in February and persistent freezes in March, Lamothe believes the syrup season can be salvaged. His hope is he will be able to make about 1,000 gallons of syrup in the next few weeks. "I think we can squeak out a good season, it might not be an average but I think it can be a good season."

Lemothe pointed to 2012 as the the best year ever, when his sugar house produced over 1,500 gallons of maple syrup.

Lamothe's Sugar House is located at 89 Stone Rd. in Burlington. Free tours are offered on weekends.  Find out more here.