Maple Syrup

Preview of April 4 Eastern Standard

Apr 1, 2019

Coming up on this week's edition of Eastern Standard: Who should regulate anti-pollution regs for the Ohio? What is a realistic path to the future for Appalachian Kentucky? What's happening in hemp as the industry revs up in the wake of deregulation?

Sydney Boles/Ohio Valley ReSource

When Seth Long first began experimenting with maple syrup production, he tapped hollow pegs called spiles into individual trees, collected drips of sap in milk jugs, and carried each gallon down the the steep mountainside on foot.

Now, Long rides an open-air buggy up muddy switchbacks to a 500-gallon collection tank from which translucent blue tubes branch out like arteries. There, gallons of sap accumulate from Long’s 270 maple trees before they flow through those tubes 900 feet down the mountain to Long’s grant-funded sugar shack.