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A trio of sap buckets hang in the sugar bush at Bald Peak Farm in Tuftonboro in this file photo from 2019. Readers can imagine the late Nature Talks author Stacey Cole and his father hanging similar buckets on their maples on their Swanzey farm several decades ago.

Editor’s note: The following column was originally published in the New Hampshire Union Leader on March 3, 1973.

Sugar making time is at hand and it won’t be long now before great piles of steam will waft from under the raised roof areas of sugar houses all over northern New England.

Stacey Cole, Nature Talks columnist for more than 50 years, passed away in 2014. If readers have a favorite column written by Stacey they would like to see reprinted, please drop a note to Jen Lord at