Maine Is #? In National Maple Syrup Production
Yup, we continue to hold our own when it comes to maple syrup production here in Maine.
Once again this year, like it has for as long as one can remember, the state of Vermont topped the list producing 1.9 million gallons of the ooey and gooey stuff. The Green Mountain State was followed up by New York at 800,000 gallons, and then Maine with 530,000.
A lot of legwork goes into producing a gallon of maple syrup. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to produce just one gallon of the sweet stuff. Sap is about 98 % water and just 2% sugar. Sap is boiled down until it's about 66% sugar in order to make maple syrup.
Sap quits flowing from trees when the temperature gets too high and the buds begin to appear on the trees. Maple syrup season usually lasts about 27 days here in Maine.
A sealed container of maple syrup stays good for about a year before it goes bad, so what are you waiting for? Open that baby up and POUR!