A surprising book about the maple syrup industry. It has global strategic reserves, cartels, and an active commodity market with long and short speculation. The syrup farmers use miles of tubing, vacuums, and evaporators to gather their harvests in a remarkably short window of opportunity threatened by weather quirks and wildlife. The book also describes the passion of the people and families who work in the maple syrup profession. It is a beautiful piece of American history as important to New England as Robert Frost and Norman Rockwell. Sadly, it may also be one of the first American agricultural casualties of climate change. Listen to author Douglas Whynott bring the stories to life.
Guest: Douglas Whynott
Publicist: Perseus Books Group
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