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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Berkshire Grown March Maple Dinner

   Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape. They are the “go to” network linking farmers and the Berkshire community; through events, workshops, promotions, advocacy, and education highlighting locally grown and produced food.

This year’s Berkshire Grown March Maple Dinner will take place on March 24 at Cranwell Resort in Lenox, MA. Area chefs will celebrate the first harvest of the season with a five-course dinner created using maple products from regional maple producers.

Here to tell us more about Barbara Zheutlin, the Executive Director of Berkshire Grown and Melissa Leab from Ioka Valley Farm.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Sugaring: A Sweet Business Proposition?

   The Sugarmaker’s Companion is the first guide of its kind addressing the small-and large-scale syrup producer seeking to make a profitable business from maple, birch, and walnut sap.

This book incorporates valuable information on ecological forest management, value-added products, and the most up-to-date techniques on sap collection and processing. It also looks at an integrated sugaring operation, interconnected to the whole-farm system, woodland, and community.

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New York News
7:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Maple Expert Discusses New Book

The Sugarmaker's Companion: Michael Farrell Part One

The Sugarmaker's Companion: Michael Farrell Part Two

Cornell University operates a maple research forest in Lake Placid. The manager of that sugarbush, Michael Farrell, has written a new book: The Sugarmaker’s Companion: An Integrated Approach to Producing Syrup from Maple, Birch and Walnut Trees looking at the management and economics of sugaring.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Vermont To Implement New Maple Grading System And Labels In January

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Consumers will soon be unable to purchase “Vermont Fancy” maple syrup. That’s because the state is adopting a new grading and labeling system that officials say better describes the product.

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North Country News
12:20 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Senator Schumer Introduces Bill to Aid Maple Production

Senator Charles Schumer at Parker's Sugarhouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

At a sugarhouse in northern New York, New York’s senior Senator announced he is introducing legislation to increase maple production across New York State.

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North Country News
1:34 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Schumer Promotes NY Maple Industry

Senator Charles Schumer
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Senator Charles Schumer was at the Parker Family Maple Farm in West Chazy in northern New York on Monday.  He stopped there to announce legislation he is introducing to boost syrup production in the state.  While there, owner Earl Parker gave Schumer some fresh syrup, which New York’s senior Senator drank from the bottle.

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New York News
12:29 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Federal agricultural officials to survey NY maple production

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal agriculture researchers will again be doing a census of New York maple syrup production in April and May.    

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state ranked second to Vermont in last year's survey of producers in 10 states. Inspectors will collect information about the number of taps, yield, prices and the overall value of the maple products from New York. The results will be released in June. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Maple Producers Prepare for Maple Weekend

Boiled maple sap
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Maple producers across New York are preparing for two maple weekends to highlight their product to consumers.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Berkshire Grown's March Maple Dinner

    Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy and landscape.

They will feature a special slate of chefs for their March Maple Dinner on March 18 at Cranwell Resort in Lenox to celebrate the first harvest of the season. The dinner will benefit Berkshire Grown and Share the Bounty, which buys shares in local farms for food pantries.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Vermont Moving Towards New Maple Labeling System

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Vermont  lawmakers are considering dropping the state's traditional maple syrup-labeling system in favor of an international one.

The Vermont Senate has passed and sent to the House a resolution that supports the Agency of Agriculture’s proposal to adopt an administrative rule to implement international maple grading standards. Vermont Maple Sugarmakers’ Board Chair Jacques Couture explains that the international grading system is brand new.

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