Friday, March 9, 2012
Maple Weekend(s) on tap this month
The "weekend" actually is a pair of weekends, March 17-18 and March 17-18 and 24-25. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each of those days maple syrup producers will host the public to learn about the syrup-making process, from tapping maple trees to the breakfast table.
The free events are being organized by the New York State Maple Producers Association (NYSMPA). Visitors will also have the opportunity to taste and purchase maple products.
"The goal of Maple Weekend is to teach and demonstrate how maple syrup is made from the single ingredient, maple sap. It is a process that is fun to watch, smells great, and produces a great-tasting natural sweet,” said Helen Thomas, NYSMPA executive director. “Taste testing is part of the fun!”
More than 1,500 New York maple producers generate about 20% of all syrup in the U.S., making New York the second largest maple producing state in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
It takes more than 40 gallons of maple tree sap to create one gallon of pure maple syrup. In 2011, New York maple producers manufactured 564,000 gallons of maple syrup, marking the state's highest production since 1947. It is a $22 million industry in New York State.
ON THE WEB
• Maple Weekend locations and events
• Dowd's Guides home page
Posted by William M. Dowd at 11:11 AM