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SAVOR THE SEASON: New York maple production down slightly this year

Sample bottle of maple syrup (News photo — Andy Flynn)

LAKE PLACID — Maple production was down slightly this spring compared to 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service.

Released on June 11, the maple production report shows that New York’s maple production decreased from 820,000 gallons in 2019 to 804,000 gallons this year from 2.8 million taps. It remains the second in the nation with regard to maple production.

Vermont is first, as usual, increasing its maple production from 2.07 million gallons in 2019 to 2.22 million gallons this year from 6.15 million taps.

Maine is the third-largest maple producing state, having increased production from 520,000 gallons in 2019 to 590,000 gallons this year from 1.97 million taps.