The last batch

Maple syrup season, later than normal, winding to a close


HOME PAGE SLIDE SHOW PHOTO: Jan Dawson and her husband Andy Rinehart cook maple syrup at Jandy’s Farm on Tuesday afternoon. ABOVE: Ms. Dawson holds a sample of a medium color syrup. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

Jan Dawson and Andy Rinehart aren’t used to spending the final days of March cooking maple syrup, but this year found the couple doing just that.

On a typical year, the owners of Jandy’s Farm south of Rushsylvania say they usually tap the maple trees by Feb. 14 and are wrapping up maple syrup production by mid-March.

Cold temperatures lingered longer into the season this year, however, and the duo were out Tuesday working on what they say will be their final batch of the season.

“This has been an unusual year,” Ms. Dawson said as she watched the final batches of syrup condense. “It started a lot later than usual.”


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