Charleston, W.Va. – It’s time to think
maple! March is National Maple Month. The West Virginia Department of
Agriculture (WVDA) and the West Virginia Maple Syrup Producers Association are
pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Mountain State Maple Day,
Saturday, March 18. Maple houses across the state will open their doors so
visitors can see first-hand how maple sap is collected from the tree, processed
into maple syrup and bottled into the finished product, ready for sale.
Eleven maple houses are taking part in this
year’s Mountain State Maple Day along with seven local businesses who will
showcase maple products. No matter where you live in West Virginia, you’ll find
a maple operation within driving distance.
“Maple is a growing industry here in West
Virginia,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “Our state has more
available maple resources than Vermont which allows West Virginia producers to
create a world-class product. There’s no reason why the Mountain State can’t
become an industry leader.”
Maple Day is a family-friendly event. Children
and adults alike will enjoy watching the maple process in action. Once you’ve
toured a maple house, you can stop at several different locations for a pancake
dinner or a farmers’ market featuring WV-maple products.
“The 2016 maple season was tough for many of
our members,” said Ed Howell, president of the West Virginia Maple Syrup
Producers Association and owner of Sweetcreek Sugarworks in Sistersville.
“However, 2017 got off to a running start in early February with cold
temperatures at night, warming up in the daytime. That got the sap flowing.”
Some West Virginia maple houses have been
collecting hundreds of gallons of sap during a day’s time. “We could hardly
keep up,” explained Rachel Taylor of Frostmore Farm in Pocahontas County. “My
husband had to go check our collection system at 4 a.m. to make sure it wasn’t
running over. That’s a good problem to have.”
Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director, 304-558-3708/304-380-3922, firstname.lastname@example.org