Mountain State Maple Days set
The West Virginia Maple Syrup Producer’s Association is thrilled to announce the 2021 Mountain State Maple Days will be taking place on two separate days: Saturday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, March 20, across the state.
This event celebrates West Virginia’s growing maple syrup industry by inviting visitors into local sugar shacks. There they can see how maple sap is collected and concentrated into maple syrup. Many types of maple products will be for sale.
“On both Saturdays, guests may enjoy a deliciously entertaining and educational experience on the local production of maple syrup and all maple products,” said WVMSPA President, Keith Heasley. “It is important for the public, in this heavily manufactured and pre-packaged food world, to see and understand how local, natural food is developed and produced.”
Some sugar shacks are partnering with other local businesses to provide maple related events and cuisine to the public. There are a wide variety of activities for people of all ages. Visit wvmspa.org/mountain-state-maple-days/ to see who’s participating in your region, and their hours of operation.
Last year’s second date fell at the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. With so many unknowns, many sugar shacks had to cancel their March date. This year, equipped with more information on how to stay safe, Maple Days will go on. Please respect the wishes, in regard to safety, of each of our maple business owners and follow standard precautions, but also enjoy this educational and unique experience, and support a product as sweet and warm as the people who make it.
For more information on WVMSPA and Mountain State Maple Days, visit wvmspa.org/mountain-state-maple-days/
The West Virginia Maple Syrup Producers Association helps West Virginia farmers connect with each other. Most of their farms focus on maple syrup and related products. However, some are exploring other tree syrups such as sycamore and walnut. Association members help each other with tips about tapping trees, where to get good equipment, and other experiences. Additionally, they share information with farmers who are interested in starting sugar houses.