: Caption reads: Vehicles for Pleasure and Work at the Sugar Bush (Geauga County near Chardon, OH)
Photographer: E.P. Moody. March 1941.
Maple syrup season begins in January, ending around April in Ohio and while trees are tapped all over the state, Geauga County has some of the state's best, and hosts the state's Maple Syrup Festival every spring.
Traditionally, maple syrup was harvested by tapping a maple tree through the bark and into the wood, then letting the sap run into a bucket, which required daily collecting; less labor-intensive methods such as the use of continuous plastic pipelines have since superseded this, in all but cottage-scale production.
It takes approximately 10 gal of sap to be boiled down to 1 quart of syrup. A mature sugar maple produces about 10 gal. of sap during the 4- to 6-week sugaring season under gravity, but can produce 20 or more gallons under vacuum. Trees are not tapped until they have a diameter of 10 in at chest-height and the tree is at least 40 years old. If the tree is more than 18 in., it can be tapped twice on opposite sides. View on Ohio Memory.
: SA1039AV_B08F17_005_1 Subjects
: Maple Syrup Industry; Maple syrup--Pictorial works; Farm tractors--North America--Pictorial works. Places
: Chardon (Ohio); Geauga County (Ohio)