“Maple Month” Begins March 1!
March is known in the agricultural community as ‘Maple Month,’ and the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) encourages consumers to purchase a gallon of local syrup to show their support of this industry. This declaration was also made by Governor Baker on Friday when a first ceremonial tree of the season was tapped.
“The season officially kicked off on Friday, March 4,” said MFBF President Warren Shaw. “We encourage everyone to support their local farmers and purchase a gallon of syrup. As a dairy farmer, I know that many fellow dairies tap maple trees as the syrup offers a secondary income that helps them stay in business.”
In addition to the month-long celebration, the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association will host its Maple Weekend on March 19-20. During this weekend, sugarhouses across the Commonwealth will host demonstrations, tours and tastings. Please call ahead to see if accommodations are being made to ensure social distancing.
Massachusetts is home to more than 250 sugarhouses. Please visit http://massmaple.org/directory.php to locate one near you. Additionally, many maple producers have websites, which offer consumers an opportunity to purchase pure maple products – and home delivery.