In the last two weeks of March, upstate New York hosts a couple of Maple Weekends, where we can visit local farmers who produce maple syrup. You get to see the process and have some maple samples.
Normally, the maple syrup process is in full swing, or nearly so.
Not this year.
After a record strange winter, the maple syrup season shut off in mid-February after a mild, near 80 degree day. It's been happening more and more, this truncating of the season.
Maple syrup can only be made during a small window of opportunity.
I can only hope the maple syrup industry is not something that will go away with continued global warming. We continue to find out more and more about the health benefits of maple syrup.
There may even be surprising health benefits to come.
Has the weather affected food production in your area of the world?