2014-04-10 / Community

Maple syrup flowing in Mich.

by Jamie Clover Adams, director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

EAST LANSING – As you drive through rural Michigan you will see smoke rising from the sugar houses throughout our state. With the warmer temperatures finally here, Michigan’s maple syrup producers have started boiling sap.

Typically, the maple season starts in February in the southern counties of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and runs into April in the Upper Peninsula. With the colder temperatures this year, the maple syrup season has been pushed back to now.

Maple sap will generally flow during any rise in temperature above freezing.

However, a very rapid rise in temperature from 25°F to 45°F will enhance the sap flow considerably. This is a sign to all of us that the Michigan’s maple season is in full swing.

Spring is a special time to acknowledge and recognize our vast, integrated network of family farmers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers who work to ensure a safe maple syrup supply to be enjoyed by consumers throughout our state and nation.

Gov. Rick Snyder declared March as “Michigan Maple Syrup Month” to honor Michigan’s selection of high quality pure Maple Syrup and the industry’s contribution to the economy. Currently, Michigan ranks sixth nationally in the production of maple syrup with an average yearly production of about 148,000 gallons.

Our first crop of the year, maple syrup is a natural and nutritious sweetener and a smart choice as a topping or a flavorful ingredient in baking and cooking.

For an extensive list of maple syrup recipes visit http://www. mi- maplesyrup.com/ education/ cooking.htm.

To find a producer in your area, go to www.mi-maplesyrup.com.

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