- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

GENOA, Ill. (AP) - One of the coldest winters on record in northern Illinois has taken its toll on an annual maple syrup festival.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1eMpM3l ) the bitter cold kept the sap from flowing at the Maple Syrup Fest over the weekend. The festival is held at Russell Woods Forest Preserve in Genoa (juh-NOH’-uh). It’s the first time in the festival’s history that the sap didn’t flow.

Staff from the University of Illinois Extension usually demonstrate the method of tapping into a maple tree and explain the history of maple syrup. They lead a hike through the forest to find a tree to tap.

This year, drilling into a tree was disappointing. No sap water was released.

Elsewhere, maple syrup producers are seeing a later start for their syrup season.

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Information from: The Daily Chronicle, https://www.daily-chronicle.com


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