Maple syrup production a family affair at Glenville farm

March 17, 2018 06:47 PM

GLENVILLE -- Maple syrup production is a family affair for Erica Welch.

“My father-in-law started it back in the 60's,” she said.

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Her husband has been doing it since he was a little kid.

“When I met my husband, I joined the tradition and he and I have taken it and grown it into Riverside Maple Farms,” she said.

Last year was the first season for Riverside Maple Farms in Glenville, with a facility that opened up to the public in September.

The place was packed Saturday with visitors for the annual Maple Weekends under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s grown and certified programs. The governor says New York's maple producers rank second in the nation and it generates hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

“It's about getting people to be aware that this is something that's made right in your backyard,” Welch said.

So, the next time they pour maple syrup on your pancakes, they'll know exactly where it came from and how it's made. Welch says it all starts with about 4,000 maple trees, each putting out about 30 gallons of sap apiece. From the trees through a tube and into a large tank. Then the sap is boiled down to the syrup -- it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.  It's hard work.

“It's so many things. It's the time of year. It's a wonderful time to be out. You're starting to get a little bit stir crazy. It's starting to warm up. You want to be out and get into the woods,” Welch said.

Aside from that, the end product is pretty yummy. Riverside Maple Farms packages it into different products. This year is expected to be a pretty good maple season.


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