Ben Byam adds wood to his maple syrup boiler at his sugar shack on Route 2 at Rumford Point.

RUMFORD POINT — Ben Byam produces maple syrup as a hobby, not to make a living.

Visitors to his sugar shack on Route 2 enjoyed sampling his sweet product during Maine Maple Sunday.

Byam said he has been boiling sap since he was 5 years old. After selling syrup from his home for awhile, he began using the Byam Family Sugar Shack, built in 2012 by building trades students from Maine Vocational Region 9 in Mexico.

The start and end to his sugaring season depend heavily on the weather, he said. For example, tapping this year began March 20. In 2018, it was March 1 and in 2017 it was Feb. 27.

“You boil when you can and shut it down when you have to,” he said.

The Byam Family Sugar Shack on Route 2 at Rumford Point.

He invites the public to visit his sugar shack this season.

“If you see the light on, come on by,” he said.

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