HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The last two years have been record breaking for maple syrup production. This week the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association announced that according to federal statistics the state produced 77,000 gallons of maple syrup in 2016. That’s 2,000 gallons more than 2015’s record breaking yield.
One of the main reasons for the increase, according to Joe Boisvert of the North Hadley Sugar Shack, was the weather. “Freezing nights and warm days,” he explained. “This past sugar season was the earliest we’ve ever tapped the maple trees. We started tapping around the 26th of January and our first boil date was February 2nd.”
The installation of modern equipment and new procedures have also helped to increase maple syrup production. There are more than 250 producers who tap more than 300,000 trees in the state.