Massachusetts officials visit local maple farms

Tuesday's snowstorm is not expected to hurt maple production.

DEERFIELD, Mass.(WWLP) – It’s Maple Month in Massachusetts.

State agriculture officials toured seven maple farms Wednesday, including the Williams Farm Sugarhouse in Deerfield. Last year, maple farms produced more than 77,000 gallons of maple syrup, contributing $6 million dollars to the state economy.

“It goes beyond just sales, they’re employees, people that spend their money, their revenue, and pump that money back into the economy,” said Jason Wentworth of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

From February into March, Maple farmers boil sap from maple trees to make maple syrup. They “tap” maple trees using pipes or buckets to collect the sap.

“That’s the most important part is having the warm days and cold nights we need the change in temperature in order to make the sap flow,” said Chip Williams Co-Owner of Williams Farm Sugarhouse. “In March that’s typically when it happens.”

After the sap is collected, maple syrup producers then it put into an evaporator like this where it is boiled down and made into maple syrup.

It takes 45 to 50 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup. Tuesday’s snowstorm is not expected to hurt maple production.

“It’s a good thing it happened really because chances are it’ll cool down when you get a marginal night of about freezing weather,  so we will get a better run of sap,” said Sandy Williams, Co-Owner of Williams Farm Sugarhouse.

37 sugar houses across the state will be open Saturday and Sunday as part of the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association’s “maple weekend.”