Mar 05
"Although it was too cold for syrup to flow, Paul's Sugarhouse held a ceremonial tree-trapping Friday to mark the start of the maple syrup season. Massachusetts is the country's sixth largest producer of maple syrup, generating about $2 million and 50,000 gallons annually. It is among the state's most commercially popular resources. In attendance were State Rep. John W. Scibak, D-South Hadley, and state Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner Scott Soares. "This really signifies the beginning of the agricultural season," Soares said after tapping the tree. "It's the beginning of maple season, our first harvest of crops here in Massachusetts." Soares said the 350 syrup-producing farms in the state are the backbone of the industry." View the article.