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.

  Tree tapping and syrup making, it's a conversation about all things maple syrup. Learn why Maine is a leader in maple syrup production. And how this year's long, unusually cold winter is affecting the flow of sap. Learn how to tap your own trees and make your own syrup. Just in time for Maine Maple Sunday.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Kathryn Hopkins, Maple Syrup Expert and Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension