Farming Magazine - May, 2008
N.Y. Maple: Photos, Food and More
The New York State Maple Producers Association is
looking for members to share their photography talents, and help promote
the industry at the same time.
A contest has been launched to gather photographs for
the association’s Web site and advertising efforts, primarily for the
2009 Maple Weekend.
The winning photographer will be awarded free
participation in the 2009 Maple Weekend.
As you get ready for the upcoming season, and
throughout the season, keep your cameras ready, take pictures—and
take lots of them. You never know when that winning photo opportunity will
present itself. Some ideas: kids working in the
woods around the sugar house and sampling the good stuff; animals hauling
sap; visitors enjoying themselves; and workers putting up tubing, gathering
sap or boiling syrup.
You must be a member of the NYSMPA to qualify.
Download a photo entry form from the association’s Web site. All
entries must be in color. Both digital files and 35mm prints will be
accepted. The entry deadline is May 1.
NYSMPA will have all rights to photos entered and may
use any of them in its publications or on the Web site. Photographers will
be given credit for their work if requested with the submission.
Visit the New York State Maple Producers
Association Web site at www.nysmaple.com.
Confections Notebook available
The New York State Maple Producers Association office
has copies of the “New York State Maple Confections Notebook, Making
Quality Maple Confections & Value-Added Workshops” on sale at a
reduced price of $20.
The 215-page guide leads a reader through topics such
as the chemistry of maple syrup, crystallization, making maple cream, pricing confections, equipment information and
regulations. Charts, graphics and photographs
are used throughout to illustrate the subjects discussed.
The Confections Notebook was prepared by the Cornell
Maple Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Sustainable Agriculture
Research and Education and the New York State Farm Viability Institute.
To purchase a copy, contact Pam Bianco-Dennis at
607-535-9790 or email@example.com.
Maple recipes to be included in new cookbook
Recipes featuring maple syrup are expected to be
included in a cookbook being created by the New York Wine & Grape
The foundation is headquartered at the New York Wine
& Culinary Center in Canandaigua in Ontario County. Chefs at the
Culinary Center will be participating in the project.
The New York State Maple Producers Association was
contacted for its help in selecting recipes that use maple syrup as a main
The cookbook, to be called “Taste of New
York,” puts New York foods in the spotlight. It will encourage the
consumer to buy and cook with New York products and to “appreciate
the riches found right here in New York’s fields, forests, streams
and seashores,” according to the foundation.
The cookbook will be sold at the New York Wine &
Culinary Center and elsewhere, with proceeds helping to support programs
promoting New York products at the Center.
Would you tap public trees?
The trees on the more than 300,000 acres owned by New
York State could be a great resource for the maple industry, and the New
York State Maple Producers Association wants to
know if you’re interested in taking your taps there. As demand grows
for pure NYS maple products, producers are looking for new sources of sap.
Dave Forness, principal forester with the Department
of Environmental Conservation in Albany, says DEC does have the authority
to enter into forest product sale contracts for tapping under a law that
has been in place for years. Even though some limited taping with buckets
has been allowed over the years, DEC staffing constraints, as well as some
other issues, have prevented the DEC from entering into leases for sap
The New York State Maple Producers Association would
like to how many producers would be interested in tapping trees on public
lands, as permitted. Interest will determine if this is an issue that
should be pursued. The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets and
NYS Farm Bureau have expressed their willingness to support the Association
in its efforts to explore options for access to this new resource.
In Vermont, the U.S. Forest Service permits tapping
maple trees in some sections of the federally owned Green Mountain National
Forest. Five producers have obtained and are operating tapping permits
there presently. The Forest Service has shared its tapping guidelines with
the association, and if the NYS DEC permitting option is pursued, these
guidelines will be used as a starting point for a rule-making discussion
with the state agency, NYSMPA Executive Director Mary Jeanne Packer said.
If you are interested in this issue, contact Packer at