Sap is flowing, the buckets are hanging from trees and the steam is billowing from country sugarhouses all over the state.
It's an image that helps sugarmakers market their syrup. But it's no longer a very accurate picture.
Maple has become big business. In the past ten years, the number of trees that aretapped has tripled and technological advancements have doubled the amount of syrup produced for each tap.
http://www.vpr.net/audio/news/regional_news/2013/04/spot-0330-0401-Maple Boom_040113_Melody Bodette.mp3