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A warm winter leads to questions

Fall foliage surrounds sugar shack

sugar shack surrounded by Fall foliage

It’s too early to say one way or the other, how this warmer than normal winter and early spring will affect the fall foliage.  Unless we have perfect weather from the spring till the fall, there is no way to really say that a warm winter leads to a good or bad fall foliage season. But! I’m tracking the weather patterns!
The long range indicators say a warm fall (186 days away at his moment) and NOAA says it’s still hit or miss as to what we’ll end up with. The bigger issue is preparing for your fall vacation with lots of alternatives in mind. If the New England fall foliage season is like 2009 or even 2010 then it will work out, no changes needed. If it’s like 2011 then having plans to hike and visit historical places or maybe all the covered bridges in northern Vermont or NH are needed.  Planning for contingencies is the key!

 Maple syrup and how it relates to fall foliage.

A clear mason jar shows how pure the sap is when it comes out of the tree

clear mason jar collects sap

Maple trees provide us with many products from wood for building  to leaves for shade and in the fall raking them up.  If we’re lucky we have sugar maples (Acer saccharum) around us in the fall.  If you’re like me, you enjoy the products of sugar maples in the spring.  Nothing says pancakes like dark amber maple syrup to me (my personal choice not necessarily yours).  Down below are a couple of spring rituals that if you haven’t tried them, you need to!

Maple syrup collect the old fashioned way with sap buckets

old fashioned sap buckets

I’ve been scouring the Internet, reading articles on how the USDA and individual Maple producers feel this winter affected them.  As of now, there are equal numbers of articles with opinions as to the winter affecting the maple syrup production.  In a few cases I read that sugar concentration in the sap was slightly decreased, but the amount of sap produced was, on average, with previous years.

What I’m looking for is what the weather does for the rest of this year up until mid-September.  If we get average weather and September cools off like it should then at this point I don’t see any reason we would not have a fantastic fall foliage season.

 Maple syrup events in the coming weeks

My wife's mom shows us the art of making maple dumplings

Hot maple dumplings

Over the next month you’ll be able to find all across New England Maple Festival events.  This is a short list of a couple that have been sent to me if you know of or have your own Maple Festival please send to me and I will add it to my list.

The kids making elbow room to get at the sugar on snow

Sugar on snow

Jeff “Foliage” Folger

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Jeff Foliage

My name is Jeff Folger,
but people call me Jeff Foliage.
I have several pages that I write blogs for such as:
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I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
Feel free to visit me on my blogs and see what life in New England is like.

I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.
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