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2020 New York State Maple Tour – This September

Plan now to attend the 2020 New York State Maple Tour Friday- Sunday, September 18-20, 2020. Centered at the Quality Inn, 5206 ST HWY 23 Oneonta, NY 13820. Hosted by Catskill Maple Producers Association of NYSMPA, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, and the Cornell Maple Program.

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2020 New York Maple Conference – Attn: Pre-Registration has closed

This year’s Mid-Winter Maple Classic will take place on January 3rd and 4th, 2020 at the NY State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. Friday’s general admission registration and trade show opens at 4:00 PM with workshops beginning at 5:00 PM. Friday night’s program will also include a used maple equipment and supplies auction at 6:00 PM. To register maple items for the auction, send a written, detailed description of the equipment to before December 15th. Information on auction items will be made available via email request after December 26th. Auction service fee will be 15% of auction price paid by seller. Auction participants MUST be registered for Friday night’s conference in order to receive a bid number and participate in the auction.

NEW THIS YEAR – Join us Friday night from 8:00 PM until 9:30 PM for a special Maple Wine, Beer, and Spirits Seminar and Social. The evening will feature samples of maple beverages served with hors d’oeuvres and live music as a celebration of our 25th Year. Be sure to include this option on your registration to receive a souvenir commemorative glass.

Saturday’s general admission registration opens at 7:30 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. Workshops begin at 9:00 AM. For a complete listing of workshops, check the New York Maple Producers Association website or Cornell University Maple Program. For overnight accommodations, we have reserved a “maple block” of rooms at the Quality Inn (same hotel as last year), 100 Farrell Road, just 5 minutes from the Fairgrounds. Cost of the rooms starting at $65.99 per night. Phone number is 315-457-8700. Please request accommodations using the maple block.

General pre-registration for this year’s event is $25 for Friday night, $40 for Saturday, or $50 for both days and includes Friday night dinner, Saturday continental breakfast, and Saturday lunch. Friday night Maple Wine, Beer, and Spirits Seminar and Social is additional $10. Deadline for pre-registration is December 1st. Credit card payments may be taken over the phone by calling Paulette at 315-335-3075.. There is a $5 per person processing fee for credit cards. From December 1st through 24th, late registration an additional $10 per person. No registrations after December 24th.

Maple Soda

Carbonated beverages are a massive market segment that remains largely untapped by the maple industry. While mainstream soda companies have seen declining sales, the craft beverage industry is undergoing rapid growth. Demand for specialty, artisanal, and small-batch sodas is largely driven by the use of “all-natural” sweeteners such as pure cane sugar, stevia, and honey. Craft sodas capture a premium price at market- often three times as much as traditional sodas. In cooperation with the Cornell Department of Food Science and the Food Venture Center, the Cornell Maple Program has developed guidance to help maple producers break into this profitable industry. To learn more, access the document below.

Maple Wine

Did you know that maple syrup can be used to make a delicious wine?  The Cornell Maple Program now has detailed information and instructions for maple wine production available free for download.  These guidelines provide background information on choosing the right yeast, fermentation dynamics, and amendments to improve flavor. Information regarding regulations and licenses for commercial wine production is also outlined. Check out the guidebook: Maple Wine 101.


Maple Sports Gel

The sports nutrition market is a growing industry with potential opportunities for maple products.  One area well-suited to maple is the sports gel product segment.  This winter the Cornell Maple Program worked with the Cornell Department of Food Science to develop a maple sports gel formulation.  The resulting product is a maple syrup-based nutrition supplement in a single serve foil pack with added electrolytes and a favorable flavor.  For more information, check out the Maple Performance Gel Report:


New Resource for Beginners

Cornell’s popular maple notebook series has been expanded to include a notebook for those new to the maple industry.  The Maple Syrup Production Beginner’s Notebook is available for free download on the Downloadable Publications page linked in the menu bar at the top of the page.  This guidebook provides information on a broad selection of topics essential for new maple producers.  







Check the Maple Program Calendar for upcoming events in your region. Updated 12/10/2019



The Cornell Maple program has produced a series of videos covering a wide variety of maple related topics.  The videos can be accessed on YouTube by searching for Cornell Maple or by clicking here.

Maple Syrup Production for the Beginner by Stephen Childs and the Cornell Maple Program is now available on youtube.  This video series provides an overview of all aspects of maple syrup production.


Marketing Maple

The following video, produced by the Cornell Maple Program, provides an overview of marketing concepts useful for maple producers.

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