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Public invited to celebrate syrup at upcoming maple weekends

A man works at a detailed machine.
Adam Wild
Uihlein Maple Research Forest
Keith Otto, technician at the Cornell University Uihlein Maple Research Forest, monitors the season's first boil near Lake Placid.

New York’s maple producers are welcoming the public to take a peek at their operations during upcoming maple weekends this month.

Beginning Saturday and Sunday at participating locations across the state, including the Central New York area, attendees can learn how syrup is made, meet different syrup providers and try their hands at cooling and baking with the various products.

Several markets are also offering discounts and special deals with maple-based products during the events. Participating markets are also holding a "Maple Madness" special during the second maple weekend that includes giveaways and promotions.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said she encourages residents of New York to participate and learn more about the maple syrup harvesting and distribution process.

“Maple production in New York is thriving as the industry continues to set records and ranks second in the nation in this sweet crop,” Hochul said in a statement. “I thank our producers who work hard to make the delicious, innovative, and unique maple products we all enjoy, and encourage all New Yorkers to take part in Maple Weekends this month to sample some of the world-class items that local vendors have to offer.”
Maple weekend events will take place at close to 150 facilities across New York, including several just a short drive from Syracuse.

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said community members should visit a farm near them to enjoy the first crop of the season.

“Thanks to our dedicated maple producers, including those who are in our NYS Grown & Certified program, New York continues to be a top maple producer in the country, with record syrup production figures and number of taps in recent years," Ball said.

A second maple weekend falls on March 25 and 26.

Andrew MacBeath is a digital content editor at WAER.