First "Maple Weekend" hits New York State

March 20, 2017 12:52 PM

This weekend was the first Maple Weekend of the the year in New York State, as 150 Maples Houses opened their doors to show people how they make maple syrup- and offer samples of their work.

One maple-maker gave some insight into the work that goes into making that syrup.

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"It is a lot of late nights and early mornings," says Chris Schoff of Schoff's Sugar Shack, "it only last on average about six weeks. So you work really hard for six to eight weeks to make your crop for the year, and then you spend the rest of the year selling it."

This past winter's weather made it even more difficult for him.

"Like all forms of agriculture, it's completely dependent upon the weather. We beed seasonable, which is the 40s during the day and then freezing during the nights. We've had anything but seasonable, February was downright warm, and then we get the big snowstorm last week and then we've been in the deep freeze for the past two weeks, but this week looks more seasonable." 

Last year, New York's maple producers made more than 700,000 gallons of syrup. That amounts to nearly a fifth of all maple syrup made in America.

Next weekend will also be a Maple Weekend, more information can be found on the event's website

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