SALEM — Mapleland Farms has become a New York State Grown & Certified producer of syrup, as the program has expanded to the maple industry.
The Salem farm is one of 13 maple syrup producers to be certified. The program requires that the syrup be sourced from New York maple trees and growers must adhere to food safety and environmental sustainability standards, according to a news release.
To complete with the standards, the producers must complete a maple food safety class that was developed in partnership between Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Western New York Maple Producers Association, according to the state. They must also follow food safety practices that are subject to an on-site audit and participate in an environmental management program that keeps forests healthy. The program is administered through the Soil and Conservation Districts, or the Certified Tree Farmer, administered by the American Tree Farm System.
State officials say New York’s maple syrup production ranks second nationwide and it has an economic impact of $141 million annually. Maple Weekends are scheduled for March 17 and 18 and March 24 to 25 to spotlight the programs.