Maple syrup season has kicked off in New York, and the 13th annual Maple Weekend is set for March 29 and 30, according to state officials.
Patrick Hooker, the state commissioner of agriculture and markets, said Wednesday recent weather conditions should contribute to a strong maple syrup yield.
“The weather has been perfect for sap to run with frosty nights and warm sunny days, and most producers in the state were able to make their first gallons of syrup last weekend,” Hooker said.
According to state officials, New York has about 1,500 maple syrup producers, 110 of which will open the doors to their sugar houses between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the Annual Maple Weekend.
A list of participating sugar houses is available at www.mapleweekend.com.
Last year’s maple season ran from approximately March 11 until April 9.
With 1.47 million taps, maple producers were able to make 224,000 gallons of syrup, down 11 percent from 2006 due to extended warm and cold periods, according to state officials.
New York’s maple producers generated $8 million in sales in 2006. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, New York is the third largest state for maple syrup production, behind Vermont and Maine.