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Maple Syrup

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Today on Food Friday, we discuss the sweet treat of maple syrup. Missy and Rob Leab of Ioka Valley Farm join WAMC's Ray Graf to discuss pure maple syrup and specialty maple products.

The Upper Hudson Maple Producers Association’s 2019 Maple Open House Weekends are this coming weekend and next. Events include demonstrations, samples, and free tours of area sugarhouses. Maple Weekends happens at locations all across New York State.

Here to tell us more are marketing manager for the Upper Hudson Maple Producers Association Mary Jeanne Packer – she lives on Mapleland Farms in Washington County.

We are also joined by Vernon “DJ” Duesler IV. DJ is a 4th generation maple syrup farmer from in Fulton County. DJ operates Mud Road Sugarhouse and Ben Mady is here from Maple Leaf Sugaring.

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Today on Food Friday, we discuss the sweet treat of maple syrup. Lanore Hahn along with Marian and JP Welch of Justamere Tree Farm in Worthington, Massachusetts join WAMC's Brian Shields to detail all aspects of the maple industry. 

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A team of University of Rhode Island scientists is hoping to use a nearly $500,000 federal grant to promote the maple industry by stressing the sustainability and market value of the crop and its potential health benefits.

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An official tree-tapping ceremony was held in Schenectady County today to mark the 2018 maple sugaring season and New York’s Maple Weekend.

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Ben Madey at his maple sugar house in Ghent, NY
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This wasn’t a good winter for maple syrup production. At least at our house.

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Photo by Pat Bradley

Maple producers say the warm winter has allowed them to tap trees early, but this year's harvest could be down from last year.

  This coming Saturday, March 7th, The Ashokan Center in Olive Bridge, NY will host their family friendly Maple Fest!

The sugaring tradition goes back to the original Native populations of New York who eventually taught it to European settlers. Maple sugaring season in the Northeast typically begins in mid-February, and lasts through early April.

Tim Neu has been operating the maple sugaring program at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY for 35 years as part of their Environmental Education Program.

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New York State has edged out Maine to keep its spot as the nation's second biggest producer of maple syrup.

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New York State officials gathered at a farm in Washington County today to kick off Maple Weekend.

“Our goal out here is just to celebrate one of nature’s best events and that’s the beginning of the season for maple out here in New York State," said New York State Agricultural Commissioner Richard Ball.

Ball was joined by State Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Steve McLoughlin, and others at Dry Brook Sugar House in the Washington County town of Salem to mark the start of maple weekend.

   Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape. They are the “go to” network linking farmers and the Berkshire community; through events, workshops, promotions, advocacy, and education highlighting locally grown and produced food.

This year’s Berkshire Grown March Maple Dinner will take place on March 24 at Cranwell Resort in Lenox, MA. Area chefs will celebrate the first harvest of the season with a five-course dinner created using maple products from regional maple producers.

Here to tell us more about Barbara Zheutlin, the Executive Director of Berkshire Grown and Melissa Leab from Ioka Valley Farm.

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U.S. maple syrup production soared to a record 3.2 million gallons this year, boosted by good weather and a high number of syrup taps in use.