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Peek into the Weird, Sticky World of Maple Syrup

Chapter 14 of The Sugar Season: "Aren't You Afraid, Mr. Bureau?"

During the spring 2012 sugaring season, Douglas Whynott shadowed Bascom Family Farms, the number one independent supplier of maple sugar. His book, The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup, and One Family’s Quest for the Sweetest Harvest, he follows the viscous sweetener from the aluminum sap bucket to the top of the pancake. Throughout, Whynott spins an intimate investigation into the little inspected but much beloved maple sugar industry.

In this excerpt from the award-winning book, Bruce Bascom tells Whynott about the economics of maple.

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