Posted at: 03/17/2013 2:00 PM
By: Associated Press
GREENWICH, N.Y. (AP) - More than 110 maple producers across New York state are holding open houses in the 18th annual Maple Weekend.
The events are going on this weekend and next. Participating producers are boiling sap to make syrup, and demonstrating how other maple products are made. Producers can be found online at www.mapleweekend.com .
John Reid of Reid's Sugar Mill Farm in Washington County says he hopes to produce 1,500 gallons of syrup this season. He collects sap from his 4,500 maple trees using a vacuum tube system.
In central New York, Greg Hotaling of Smokey Hollow Maple Syrup says technology has made syrup production more efficient. In the past, it used to take 43 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup. Now, it only takes about nine gallons using evaporators.
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