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      Colder spring weather good for maple syrup

      Maple syrup at Critz Farms

      It's shaping up to be a good year for maple syrup.

      Last year, it got too warm too fast. We need below freezing temperatures at night and above freezing temperatures during the day.

      March is the peak time for tapping maple trees and we're right on track for a good crop of maple products this year. Sap typically runs best when nights are spent in the mid 20s, and days are spent in the mid to upper 30s. There is less sugar in the sap when daytime temperatures go over about 45-50 degrees.

      Maple is one of the key regional foods that we export out of Central New York, bringing an economic boost to the area.

      "When you're creating agricultural products, you're shipping it out, money back here to town," says Matthew Critz, of Critz Farms.

      You can see how maple syrup is made, learn about the art and science of maple syrup production, and enjoy free samples weekends at Critz Farms.