The Massachusetts Maple Producers Association organized Maple Weekend with more than 40 sugarhouses and 30 restaurants highlighting this wonderful food. Lists of participating sugarhouses and restaurants are available at www.massmaple.org.

Sugarhouses around the state will be open to the public for tours, demonstrations and tastings, and opportunities to learn all about how maple syrup is produced and how it can be used. Visitors will also be able to buy fresh maple products direct from the farms.

In addition, many restaurants in Massachusetts will be featuring menu times made with 100% pure Massachusetts maple syrup. Everything from cocktails to deserts to marinades to salad dressings will highlight the versatility of maple syrup as an ingredient. Many recipes for delicious dishes made with Massachusetts maple syrup are available online at http://www.massmaple.org/recipes.php

In an average year, Massachusetts maple producers produce about 50,000 gallons of maple syrup worth more than $3 million. The 2014 season was excellent, and Massachusetts maple producers made more than 61,000 gallons of 100% pure maple syrup.