WATERTOWN — This past Valentine’s Day was a bittersweet one for maple syrup producer C. Douglas Thompson.

“I actually boiled the first time this year on Valentine’s Day,” he said of the process of boiling down maple tree sap to make maple syrup. “It was the earliest I’ve ever boiled.”

Maple syrup makers reflect on ‘quirky’ season

C. Douglas Thompson, immediate past president of the New York State Maple Producers Association, stands in front of his sugar bush on County Route 11 in Gouverneur last week. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

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