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March 14, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Winton Pitcoff, 413-628-3912,
info@massmaple.org

Attention: Community calendars, Food writers, Travel writers

Celebrate the Commonwealth's Sweetest Season!
March 18-19 is Maple Weekend in Massachusetts

Sugarhouses and restaurants around the state celebrating the sugaring season

See www.massmaple.org for details
 
The 2017 maple sugaring season is well under way, and what better way to celebrate than by visiting a sugarhouse to see how pure maple products are made and sample some of the State's sweetest crop! Massachusetts maple producers have lots of delicious pure maple products on hand for visitors to sample and purchase during Maple Weekend, March 18-29. To celebrate the state’s earliest and sweetest crop, more than 50 sugarhouses and 25 restaurants are highlighting this wonderful food. Lists of participating sugarhouses and restaurants are available at www.massmaple.org.
 
Sugarhouses around the state will be open to the public for tours, demonstrations and tastings, and opportunities to learn all about how maple syrup is produced and how it can be used. Visitors will also be able to buy fresh maple products direct from the farms. Each farm's offerings are unique -- from a team of oxen gathering sap, to horse-drawn wagon rides, to collections of historical sugaring equipment on display, to energy-saving modern equipment.
 
In addition, many restaurants in Massachusetts will be featuring menu items made with 100% pure Massachusetts maple syrup. Everything from cocktails to deserts to marinades to salad dressings will highlight the versatility of maple syrup as an ingredient. Many recipes for delicious dishes made with Massachusetts maple syrup are available online at
http://www.massmaple.org/recipes.php

The 2017 season started early, with many sugarmakers producing syrup in January, but each cold snap has ‘reset’ the trees, and the following warm spells have yielded great sap runs and producers have continued to make excellent syrup.

The 2016 sugaring season was excellent, and Massachusetts maple producers made more than 77,000 gallons of 100% pure maple syrup, a record amount. Demand for local maple products has increased in recent years, as more consumers have discovered its versatility in baking and cooking, as well as its health benefits. Pure Massachusetts maple products are naturally gluten-, allergen- and fat-free, and have fewer calories and more minerals and nutrients than other sweeteners.
 
The Massachusetts Maple Producers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of maple sugaring in Massachusetts.
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