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Governor Snyder Declares March as "Pure Michigan Maple Syrup Month"Contact: Heather Throne
March 1, 2012
LANSING, Mich. - Governor Rick Snyder has declared March as "Pure Michigan Maple Syrup Month" to honor Michigan's selection of high quality pure Maple Syrup and the industry's contribution to the economy.
"Pure Michigan Maple Syrup Month is a special time to acknowledge and recognize the vast, integrated network of family farmers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers, who work to ensure a safe and nutritious maple syrup supply that is enjoyed by many residents throughout our state and nation," said Keith Creagh, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director. "Not only do these businesses offer a quality product and memorable experience, but it's estimated our maple syrup industry contributed more than $5.5 million to the state's economy in 2011."
Michigan ranks 7th nationally in the production of maple syrup with an average yearly production of about 123,000 gallons. The maple season starts in February in the southern counties of Michigan's Lower Peninsula and runs into April in the Upper Peninsula.
"Local maple syrup producers usually welcome visitors to their sugaring operations," said Larry Haigh, Michigan Maple Syrup Association President. "To find a producer in your area, look for steam coming from the roof of their sugar house or go to www.mi-maplesyrup.com and find the location of a sugar house in your part of the Great State of Michigan."
Many events are planned this spring and early summer that will provide opportunities to visit a sugar house in your area. To find a maple syrup facility in your area visit www.mi-maplesyrup.com or visit http://www.mi-maplesyrup.com/education/cooking.htm for a list of maple syrup recipes.
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