Maine Maple Sunday set for March 27

Posted March 10, 2011, at 5:07 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Sugarhouses across the state will welcome visitors on the annual Maine Maple Sunday, held this year on March 27.

Gov. Paul LePage symbolically tapped a maple tree at the Blaine House Tuesday, signifying the start of the six-week maple production season.

The cold nights and warm days of early spring bring the sap run that produces Maine’s sweetest resource, maple syrup. The state’s maple producers are opening the doors of their sugarhouses on March 27 for the public to join them in this rite of spring. Visitors can see firsthand how 40 gallons of maple sap are turned into just one gallon of syrup.

Most sugarhouses offer tastings and live demonstrations of how syrup is produced from tap to table. Many offer a variety of other treats and activities, including syrup on pancakes or ice cream, sugarbush tours, sleigh or wagon rides and lots more. Many sugarhouses will arrange special tours and demonstrations for groups on other days as well, but prior arrangements should be made.

Maine Maple Sunday is always the fourth Sunday in March. A complete listing of sugarhouses in Maine that participate in Maine Maple Sunday is available at www.getrealmaine.com.

For more information about Maine Maple Sunday, contact the Maine Department of Agriculture, 28 State House Station, Augusta 04333, 287-3871.

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