Ben Ogden, 19, works on a maple line while his father, John Ogden (left), instructs Matias Ovrum, 19, in Londonderry, VT on Tuesday afternoon.
Ben Ogden, 19, works on a maple line while his father, John Ogden (left), instructs Matias Ovrum, 19, in Londonderry, VT on Tuesday afternoon.
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A sappy start to the season

For Robert Hausslein, aka Sugar Bob, the best quality family time is going out into the woods together and harvesting hundreds of gallons of maple sap. Hausslein co-owns the maple product company Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind in Rutland, Vt., with his wife, Ann, and another couple, John and Andrea Ogden. The company specializes in unique maple products, including maple sriracha, maple barbeque sauce, and smoked maple syrup, which is made by bubbling wood smoke through the sweet liquid. They rely on about 10,000 trees. This year’s maple season just began, a late start compared to last year’s in February, but Sugar Bob already has some words of wisdom. “All we can say is that its going to be sweet and sticky and a lot of fun,” he said. “If the days are warm and the nights are cold, it will be a good season.”

Londonderry, VT--03/12/2019--Ben Ogden, 19, instructs his friend, Matias Ovrum, 19, on how to drill a maple tree at Sugar Bob's Finest Kind in Londonderry, VT on Tuesday afternoon. (Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe) Topic: maplefarm Reporter:
Ben instructs Matias on how to drill a maple tree at Sugar Bob's Finest Kind in Londonderry, VT.
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Ben puts a tap in a maple tree.
Ben puts a tap in a maple tree.
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Ben calls for his father, John Ogden (right), while cutting a maple line.
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John runs a maple line.
John runs a maple line.
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John takes a breather.
John takes a breather.
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Ben carries a bucket and a drill to a maple tree.
Ben carries a bucket and a drill to a maple tree.
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