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Ohio Guide Photographs
Description: Caption reads: Live Steam from the Sugar Vats (Sugar Bush near Chardon, Ohio) 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 is harvested by tapping a maple tree through the bark and into the wood, then letting the sap run into a bucket, which requires 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 Less labor-intensive methods, such as the use of continuous plastic pipelines, have since superseded this in all but cottage-scale production.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 to1 quart of syrup, and 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.
Image ID: SA1039AV_B08F17_007_1
Subjects: Maple Syrup Industry; Maple syrup--Pictorial works
Places: Chardon (Ohio); Geauga County (Ohio)