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New York second only to Vermont in maple syrup production

New York second only to Vermont in maple syrup production

Local pancake lovers can take solace in the fact that there is no shortage of maple syrup in New York.

New figures released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that New York maple syrup production increased 59 percent from last year, with only the state of Vermont producing more syrup.

Syrup production is estimated at more than half a million gallons, up from the 360,000 gallons produced in 2012.

That spells good news for syrup producers. Sylvia Boice and her son recently started a maple syrup operation under the name Cooper Hill Maple in the Village of Marathon. She says 2013 yielded a successful harvest.

“We produced 550 gallons this year, which we were very satisfied with,” Boice said.

The USDA report says that cool temperatures in the early spring months delayed budding of maple trees, which contributed to a longer season of sap flow than last year.

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