Maine Maple Sunday March 26
This weekend Maine will celebrate its 34th annual Maine Maple Sunday on March 26. The annual event is held every fourth Sunday of March. Participating sugarhouses will be open for visitors to enjoy freshly made maple syrup and candy, demonstrations of syrup production, sugarbush tours and a variety of other family activities.
Last week, Governor Paul R. LePage highlighted maple tapping season with Maine maple producers on the Blaine House lawn by following an annual tradition: the tapping of a maple tree. The Governor highlighted the economic contributions of Maine’s maple industry and new statistics showing its dramatic growth since 2010.
"Maine’s maple industry is growing in output and importance," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Since 2010, Maine maple syrup production has more than doubled (114 percent increase). The extended 2016 season yielded 675,000 gallons, up from 315,000 gallons in 2010. During that same time period, the number of taps has increased 26.5 percent (going from 1.47 million to 1.86 million). Maine’s maple industry contributes an estimated $48.7 million to the Maine economy, including a direct contribution of $27.7 million and multiplier effects. The Maine maple industry is working hard to realize its potential for creating more jobs, business opportunities and locally-produced products valued by consumers.”
Commissioner Walt Whitcomb encouraged people to visit local sugarhouses this weekend. “Maine Maple Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to get outdoors and celebrate the arrival of spring,” said Whitcomb. “We’re hearing that the maple sap has exceptionally high sugar content this year. Bring your family and find out for yourself.”
Maine Maple Statistics:
- 545,000 gallons were produced last year, worth $17.4 million
- Maine’s industry has an annual statewide economic contribution, including multiplier effects, of an estimated $48.7 million in output, 805 full-and part-time jobs, and $25.1 million in labor income
- Maine has the third largest syrup industry in this country. Maine has the largest maple producing county in the country – Somerset County
- Maine has around 1.4 million taps
Some sugarhouses will hold events on both Saturday and Sunday. For a list and map of participating sugarhouses, visit the Maine Maple Producers website:
For more information about the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, go to: www.maine.gov/dacf