WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) - After last year's record season for maple syrup production on Vermont, it looks like this won't be such a great year for the sugarhouses.
Vermont produced a record of more than 1.1 million gallons of maple syrup in 2011. But the Burlington Free Press says 2012 is shaping up as a down year for syrup in Vermont and elsewhere. That may mean the cost for syrup goes up, depending on how the season went in Quebec, the biggest syrup producer in the world.
Bernie and Ann Comeau's maple sap boiling operation in Williston started and ended earlier than ever this year - Feb. 17 to March 19. As a result, they made about a third less syrup than they hoped for. That's similar to what many sugar makers experienced around Vermont this year.
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