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Maple Sugar

Maple Trees Tapped for Maple Syrup on Route 6 in Carroll Plantation (2014)

A Sugarbush: Trees Tapped for Maple Syrup in Carroll Plantation (2014) [Click for enlargement.]

Maine has a significant portion of the maple sugaring and maple syrup industry. Big Six Township, in northern Somerset County, is said to account for roughly 23% of Maine’s maple sugar production and 4% of the U.S. total production. Evidence of early sugaring has been found in a remote area of Reed Plantationin Aroostook County.

The Maine Maple Produces Association has nearly 200 sugarhouse members. Maine Maple Sunday is always the fourth Sunday in March, although some sugarhouses offer events (maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how the syrup is made) on both Saturday and Sunday.  Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugarbush tours, music, and more.

Sugarhouse at Jillson Farm in Sabattus (2014)

Jillson Farm Sugarhouse, in Sabattus (’14) @

Jillson Farm in Sabattus (2012)

Jillson Farm in Sabattus (2012) @

Maine-iac Farm Sugarhouse (2014)

Maine-iac Sugarhouse Richmond (2014) @

Visitors and Sugarhouse at Maine-iac Maple Farm in Richmond (2014)

Visitors at Maine-iac Maple Farm  (2014) @

Sugarhouse at Mitchell and Savage Maple Products in Bowdoin (2014)

Sugarhouse, Mitchell/Savage Maple Products in Bowdoin (2014) @

Maple Syrup Samples from various years at Mitchell and Savage Maple Products in Bowdoin (2014)

Maple Syrup Samples from various years at Mitchell/Savage Maple Products (2014) @

Visitors and Sugarhouse Partridge Hill Farm in Woolwich (2014)

Visitors and Sugarhouse Partridge Hill Farm in Woolwich (2014) @

Maple tree tap with pail at Partridge Hill Farm Maple in Woolwich (2014)

Maple tree tap with pail at Partridge Hill Farm Maple in Woolwich (2014) @

The State of Maine has developed standards for grading maple syrup in the State. They measure flavor, cleanliness, cloudiness, and color. The official definitions of maple sugar and maple syrup appear in the glossary.

In addition to Bowdoin, Richmond, Sabattus and Woolwich, an extensive maple sugar harvesting operation, using tubing leading directly to a shed for storage or processing, is visible along Route 6 in Carroll.

Pennamaquan Lake is located in Charlotte in Washington County. According to Eckstorm, the Indian word Pennamaquan in its various forms essentially refers to a maple ridge as a source for maple syrup.

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Additional resources

Eckstorm, Fannie Hardy. Indian Place Names of the Penobscot Valley and the Maine Coast.

Nearing Helen and Scott. The Maple Sugar Book. White River Junction, VT. Chelsea Green Publishing. 2000. (original publication 1950)

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