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three month’s worth of carryover from the 2016 season, which was the biggest in modern history. He said he expects next season will also be a carryover, despite brisk sales. Not much different in the Midwest where Anderson’s Maple, run by Steve Anderson, has closed the door on new syrup from new sugarmakers. “Yes, still taking, but only from current customers at this time,” Anderson said. Anderson is becoming known as one of the nation’s best marketers and his syrup brand is showing up on store shelves from coast to coast. He said once again syrup sales are up this year, but he said it is too early in the marketing season to tell just how much. David Marvin of Butternut Mountain Farms in Morrisville, Vt. said the indus- try is in a mixed bag situation. Prices are down on the bulk side, but sales on the retail side are very strong. Consistently, retail has improved 10 per- cent year after year and that trend con- tinues. “I’ve always been an optimist about the maple business and I am still optimistic,” he said. “In the short term we have a challenge in that there appears to be more syrup available in the market then we are able to sell,” he said. Marvin said the retail side of the indus- try will catch up to the expansion, but it may take a couple of years to do it. Maybe even just one year if there is a short season. Producers should expect bulk prices to stay low for at least another season. “I don’t think the prices improve until the barrels clear,” Bascom said. Meanwhile, more and more sugarmak- ers are trying their hand at selling their U.S. Maple Syrup Almanac 2017 DRUMS BEING DRAINED at Bascom Maple Farms in Alstead, N.H. on May 5. own syrup, either right out of the sugar- house, peddling it to local retail accounts or selling online. This spring there was an industry-wide shortage of quart sized plastic contain- ers—dealers were out of them pretty much everywhere—indicating that sug- armakers were packing more of their own syrup. Peter Haas, president of Hillside Plas- tics, Inc., the makers of Sugarhill Con- tainers, said his company has recently completed a major expansion at their plant in Turners Falls, Mass. just to keep up with the higher demand for contain- ers. “We’re feeling pretty optimistic and Mark Cipperly of Hoosick Falls, N.Y. brings pretty good about the whole market- some of his extra commercial grade to Bascom Maple Farms open house on May place,” Haas said. “We have seen more 5. Bascom was paying $1.95 per pound longer term producers as well as new ones for the darkest table grades and $2.00 per doing private label product.” pound for most everything else. 49