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Maple producers encouraged to expand

Warm days and cold nights are ideal for sap flow, and therefore, the typical sugaring season usually runs from late February through early April. The harvest season ends with the coming of spring's warm nights and the first stages of bud development on the trees.

To celebrate New York's maple season, the industry is hosting its 14th annual Maple Weekend March 21-22 and March 28-29. Over the course of the two weekends, 110 sugarhouses across the state will open their doors to the public in an effort to share with New Yorkers the process of syrup-making from tree to table.

The public is invited to take free, self-guided tours and see the process first-hand between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Some sugarhouses offer pancake breakfasts, gift shops and horse-drawn sleigh rides as well. For more information and a list of participating sugar houses, visit www.mapleweekend.com.

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