Kathryn Hopkins


In advance of Maine Maple Sunday on March 22nd, we'll discuss the history and culture of this iconic Maine product, as well as the challenges and opportunities that the maple syrup industry holds for the future. Native Americans in the Northeast developed the method of collecting sap from maple trees and turning it into a sweetening product. Today, Maine is among the top three maple syrup producers in the nation.  We will also talk about some of the purported health benefits of maple syrup--and get some recipe ideas.

Maple Syrup Production

Mar 16, 2017

What is the status of Maine's maple syrup industry? How is the quality and volume of syrup from our state, and are changes in climate affecting the outlook for the future? How are producers adjusting their techniques and plans? And how is Maine's maple syrup viewed by the rest of the world?

Guests:  Kathryn Hopkins, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Lyle Merrifield, maple syrup producer and the president of the Maine Maple Producers