The Official U.S. Maple Syrup Almanac -- 2017 Alamanc_2017 - Page 6

OFFICIAL UNITED STATES T H E Maple Syrup Almanac 2017 5TH EDITION HIGHLIGHTS SEASON OF THE 2017 maple industry at a glance. What people were talking about … WYOMING, R.I. sugarmaker Gibby Fountain of Spring Hill Sugarhouse boils on January 18. It was already his third boil of the season by that date. Many of his neighbors were already well into their season in mid- January as well. PUBLISHED BY 106 Main St. Greenwich, N.Y. 12834 www.themaplenews.com 518-692-2204 518-692-2205 fax USPS Number: 023-272 ISSN: 1930-2258 PUBLISHER Peter Gregg pgregg@ themaplenews.com ACCOUNT MANAGER Kate Ziehm kziehm@ themaplenews.com DESIGNER Michael Apuan CONTRIBUTORS Betty Ann Lockhart Don Lockhart Paul Post Deborah Jeanne Sergeant Blair Smith, NASS/USDA ON THE COVER: The sugarhouse at Pingree Maple Products of Cornish, Maine during a boil on March 26, 2017. The Official U.S. Maple Syrup Almanac comes free with a subscription to The Maple News. ©Atticus Communications, Inc. 6 January boilers Sugarmakers across the Maple Belt were getting tapped early in 2017, with big payoffs. Some of the biggest runs of the season were in mid-January and all through February. Producers were bet- ting that there would be big runs, with fresh cold sap, in the early part of the season instead of the latter, with a better chance of making table grades with the early stuff instead of commercial grades with the later stuff. Bourbon barrel syrup takes off Sugarmakers are getting smarter and more creative in finding niche markets for syrup. Aging syrup in used bour- bon barrels has suddenly become a thing, fetching insane prices. Nathan Bissell of Jeffersonville, Ohio has become the bourbon barrel guru, con- verting an old General Electric factory into a barrel aging facility. He lends his expertise to other sugarmakers and has become a barrel dealer. Now across the maple belt, sugarmakers are trying their luck at aging their syrup and getting a better price for their syrup. U.S. Maple Syrup Almanac 2017