Maple syrup should be stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. After opening a container, it should be refrigerated but can still last up to a year.
And of course, then it is time to clean up. Taps are removed from trees, pipelines are taken down, gathering tanks, transportation tanks, holding tanks, pans, R.O.s, the filter press, pipes and the bottler all get a healthy dose of soap and water. By now the snow has melted, the sun is higher in the sky and people around here are turning their attention to the gardens and bee hives. But the maple sugarer is looking at his wood shed, sharpening his blade and thinking that it's about time to get ready for next spring.