Our first year of production, we did not start until almost the end of March and produced into early May. Stress levels were very high, we were afraid that perhaps we had a special kind of sugar maple that didn't produce maple syrup. I am not saying it was a rational thought but it did cross our minds.
At this point I really do have to mention Duane, our manager. Duane is a pretty even tempered kind of fellow but he will not tolerate behavior that shows disrespect for another person. I believe this is the key reason that people like to work here. That is not to say that shenanigans don't happen here. I hear vague rumblings every now and then.