Watching time and the world drift by as the steam rises

Cherry Hill Road is a corridor of big maples wearing their spring finery — which of course includes buckets for collecting sap. Photo By Karen Bartomioli

CORNWALL — It’s a true seasonal gateway: When the maple sap flows, winter weather is turning to warmer, sunnier spring temps.

At Ridgway Farm, Jayne Ridgway answered the phone extension in the sugarhouse last weekend, where she and her helpers were boiling sap — and were on track to meet an annual goal of 150 gallons of syrup.

“We’ve had the perfect contrast of cold nights and warm days,” Ridgway said. “Right now, it looks like we are definitely going to get 150 gallons, maybe more. It will probably end next week, but we could be surprised.”

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