By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper
If you want to make sweet maple syrup, you must have patience. Anyone who has made maple syrup will tell you it is a long process and sometimes you stay up all night tending to the syrup. You watch the weather; you know that certain temperatures and conditions will make for a better season of maple syrup. You learn to tap the trees, you tend to the sap house, you stoke the fire and you do it again and again.