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Maple syrup production in New York highest in 20 years

Staff writer ▼ | June 28, 2014
New York State retained its position as the second highest producer of maple syrup in the country in 2014, producing 546,000 gallons of maple syrup with 2.2 million taps, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Maple syrup
Maple syrupNew York State retained its position as the second highest producer of maple syrup in the country in 2014, producing 546,000 gallons of maple syrup with 2.2 million taps, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.


Due to the hard work of the state's dedicated maple producers, this is the third best year for maple production in the past 20 years.

"This is another banner year for New York's maple producers, who have again proven that our state's agricultural industry ranks among the best in the nation for turning out high-quality products," Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.

"I offer my congratulations to our maple producers on this significant accomplishment, and encourage all New Yorkers to sample some of the world-class items that our local vendors have to offer."

The state's maple industry had many challenges this year after the long, cold months of February and March, which produced several periods of time where no production took place. This was a concern for producers using older technology of buckets and gravity tubing, because as sap production ceased during the winter, tapholes closed and sap stopped running.

Producers using newer vacuum tubing were able to keep the tapholes healthy and functioning, thus enabling them to produce maple syrup over the entire season.

New York State maple products, including syrups and creams, can be found at Taste NY stores on the New York State Thruway and the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill located on the Taconic State Parkway.

They are also prominently featured at Taste NY events throughout the state, which enable maple producers to gain exposure to their products and increase their sales. Many maple producers carry the Pride of NY label on their products, which can be located at various grocery stores and farmers’ markets, promoting the fact that they are a New York agricultural product. ■


 

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