Cold weather delaying maple syrup in West Michigan

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- The maple syrup season is usually underway in West Michigan, but this year that's not the case. Just ask Ned Stoller, owner of Graham House Sugarbush in Lowell.

"The snow makes it hard to get out here. Hiking through the two feet of snow", says Stoller. He usually makes the trip out to his sugar shack in his truck. "There's about 16 acres of maple trees, we tap about 350 trees."

So far, there isn't much sap. They've been making maple syrup for 11 years. "We have a profitable sugar bush, it pays expenses a couple of months of the year."

Usually the taps are flowing in mid March but the cold weather is slowing it down. The Stollers typically make about 120 gallons of syrup each year. So far, they've made none. "We have to have a good freeze/thaw cycle for sap to run."

So now they are waiting for the weather to turn. In the meantime, they're having fun in the sugar shack, making pancakes and enjoying maple syrup from last year.


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