Maine syrup producers are tapping their
trees and hoping for a rebound from last year’s poor showing.
Maine’s 2007 syrup production fell to 225,000 gallons, a 25
percent drop from 2006 and the lowest output in six years.
Bob Moore of Bob’s Sugar House in Dover-Foxcroft is expecting an
improvement this year. Moore and many other producers have started
tapping their trees even though the sap has not started flowing
Maine last year was the nation’s No. 2 syrup-producing state,
behind Vermont, which produced 450,000 gallons.
To usher in the syrup season and celebrate the millions of
dollars it brings to the state’s economy, Maine Maple Sunday is
celebrated this year on March 23, with many sugarhouses opening for
business and providing entertainment and samples for visitors.