The $141 million maple industry in New York is getting a boost from the state.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday the New York State Grown & Certified Program is expanding to include maple.
The program is expected to increase exposure for New York's maple producers, who rank second in the nation in syrup production.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul celebrated maple producers by kicking off upcoming Maple Weekends with the ceremonial tree-tapping Tuesday at Smith's Maple Farm in Hamburg.
Annual Maple Weekends are scheduled for March 17-18 and March 24-25 at 178 maple farms in 45 upstate counties. They will help spotlight the growing maple industry and boost awareness of producers in the Grown & Certified Program.
"Maple production in New York is thriving once again and it continues to be a driving force for this state's agricultural industry," Governor Cuomo said. "Expanding the New York State Grown & Certified program to include maple means we can promote more of New York's finest producers, connect consumers to high-quality products, and support the growth of local communities across the state."
Starting next week, maple farms across the state will open their doors to offer tours and pancake breakfasts, sell maple products, and demonstrate the syrup-making process.
Over 400,000 visitors are expected to participate in Maple Weekend activities. You can find a list of events here.