Welcome to the Maple Syrup Producers Association of Connecticut (MSPAC). The traditional season to make maple syrup in Connecticut extends from early February until late March. This is called “the sugaring season”. Freezing nights and warm, sunny days are necessary for the maple tree to yield sap, a colorless liquid with a light, sweet taste (2%-4% sugar). Maple syrup producers, also referred to as sugarmakers, collect this maple sap, and through boiling, the maple taste and amber color are formed. We hope you enjoy reading more about MSPAC, syrup making and all things maple!
Attention: Connecticut Maple Syrup Producers.
The 2015 International Maple Syrup Conference (Annual General Meetings of the North American Maple Syrup Council and the International Maple Syrup Institute) will be held on Monday October 19th through Thursday October 22nd at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.
We have an exciting conference planned this year. It all starts on Monday, October 19th with registration for the conference and the photo and maple syrup competitions. The commercial exhibits open in the afternoon. The day concludes in the evening with the welcome reception.
After starting your day with a full breakfast buffet, Tuesday (Day 2) includes the Annual General meetings of the NAMSC and the IMSI for many. Those that are able to go on the companion tour with be treated to a local shopping experience traveling through Amish country.
The Taste of Pennsylvania Reception and Silent Auction will be held that evening as well. On the menu for this year’s event is a salad bar, Pepper pot soup, Mushroom Strudel, Chicken pot pie, Perogies, and Cheesesteak. A snack station featuring items from Hershey’s, Mars and Snyder’s of Berlin. For dessert the will be Dutch apple pie, Shoofly pie and Burnt Sugar Cake. Anyone wishing to donate items for the auction; please note on your registration form. Entertainment for the evening will be the Roof Garden Barbershop Chorus.
Wednesday (Day 3) kicks off a very busy day. The NAMSC will have their closing session in the morning. Technical presentations and workshops will follow the closing session. We have tried to include presentations and workshops that will appeal and are useful to all Maple producers.
A one day registration will be available for Wednesday. Don’t forget the commercial exhibits will be open as well until 2pm. The evening will conclude with the annual banquet where the awards for the maple and photo contests will be presented.
On Thursday we will offer two tours. Both will visit the Flight 93 National Memorial, where Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001. Then one tour will go to Oak Lodge. The other tour will visit four local sugarhouses. For more information on the Conference, the tours, and for registration forms, please visit the Somerset County Maple Producers Website: www.somersetcountymaple.org or contact Matthew or Stephanie Emerick at 814-324-4345
News from the Big E -You could win $100 at a cooking contest at the Big E this year!
The Big E is hosting a maple desert recipe contest for the first time this year -- please spread the word to your members. The deadline for entries is September 18, and details are at http://www.thebige.com/competitions/food-beverage/maple-syrup/.
Making Maple Syrup the UConn Way
In 2005, members of UConn's Forestry and Wildlife Club received a grant to purchase equipment and a sugarhouse to reinvigorate the production of maple syrup on campus. 9 years later, the spirit lives on in a new batch of students. Check out the video produced by the club.
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