Massachusetts maple syrup producers enjoy record year
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts maple producers made 75,000 gallons of syrup during the 2015 season, a 23 percent increase over last year and the best year on record.
The Massachusetts Maple Producers Association says this year’s yield is up from 61,000 gallons last year and 63,000 in 2013.
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, production of maple syrup was up by about 6 percent nationally, and the 23 percent boost in Massachusetts was the second highest of any state.
Massachusetts sugarmakers set 310,000 taps this year, 20,000 more than in 2014.
The state is ranked ninth in maple production nationally. Vermont led the nation this year with almost 1.4 gallons produced.