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Hochul: Support local maple producers through March

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Governor Kathy Hochul called on New Yorkers to support their local maple producers throughout March, emphasizing the state’s significant role in the maple industry. New York, ranking second in the nation for maple production, hosts Maple Weekends on March 16-17 and March 23-24 to showcase the industry. The events, part of a broader Maple Month celebration, aim to highlight the delicious and innovative maple products crafted by over 2,000 sugar makers in the state.

The kickoff for Maple Month featured a visit by Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball to Dutch Hill Maple in Tully, NY. There, an annual maple tree tapping ceremony and the opening of a new sugarhouse underscored the industry’s importance. Ball emphasized the role of maple as New York State’s first agricultural crop of the harvest season, contributing significantly to local economies and communities.

Maple Weekends offer the public a chance to experience the maple syrup process firsthand, from sap to syrup, and taste the products directly from the producers. Special promotions at Taste NY Markets and the participation of nearly 150 maple sugarmakers in Maple Weekends highlight the community’s commitment to supporting local agriculture. The initiative also includes efforts to promote environmentally friendly practices and food safety through the New York State Grown & Certified program.