DAYTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Freezing nights and warm days cause the sap to run in maple sugar trees. Those who turn that sap into sweet, delicious maple syrup report this has been a banner year in Maine.
It's a busy time for "maple sugarers" like Keith Harris of the Harris Farms in Dayton. He's collecting sap from 500 buckets spread around the family farm. His father Bill did the same job for years and says, "It's hard work. It's a young man's game, climbing snow banks and dumping sap buckets."
Keith estimates that he collects a gallon of sap from each bucket each day. He then boils it (sap boils at 219 degrees) down to maple syrup. Usually, it takes forty gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup.
This Sunday (March 27) is Maple Sugar Sunday in Maine. Most of the maple syrup producers are opening their sugar houses to the public. At the Harris Farm, they are open both Saturday and Sunday.
Keith says it's great way to come out and meet your neighbors and also a fine time to buy syrup, "We sell most of our syrup on that day."