Here are some facts and figures concerning Michigan Maple Syrup...
- Michigan ranks 6th in maple syrup production in the United
- Average maple syrup production in Michigan is about 90,000
gallons per year.
- Economic contributions of the pure maple
syrup industry to Michigan are nearly $2.5 million annually.
Maple syrup is a Michigan tourist benefit. It is a "thing"
- Maple syrup, as an agricultural commodity, benefits
Michigan farm markets.
- There are an estimated 500 commercial
maple syrup producers in Michigan with some 2,000 additional
hobby or home use producers.
- Michigan law requires that
processor of maple syrup must be licensed.
- The production of pure maple syrup is the oldest
agricultural enterprise in the United States.
- Maple syrup is one of the few agricultural crops in which
demand exceeds supply.
- Only about 1 percent of Michigan’s maple forest resource
is used in maple syrup production.
- In an average year, each tap-hole will produce about 10
gallons of maple sap, enough for about a quart of pure
Michigan maple syrup.
- Maple sap is a slightly sweet, colorless liquid.
- It takes approximately 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1
gallon of maple syrup.
- A gallon of standard maple syrup weighs 11 pounds and has a
sugar content of 66 percent.
- Maple syrup is the first farm crop to be harvested in
Michigan each year.
- Maple syrup is not the recipient of any crop support or
- A maple tree needs to be about 40 years old
and have a diameter of 10 inches before tapping is recommended.
- The maple season in Michigan starts in February in the
southern counties and runs well into April in the Upper
- Warm sunny days and freezing nights determine the length of
the maple season.
- The budding of maple trees makes the maple
syrup taste bitter. Thus, production ceases.
- Freezing and
thawing temperatures create pressure and force the sap out of
- A very rapid rise in temperature (25 to 45 degrees)
will enhance the sap flow.
- While the sugaring season may last
6 to 10 weeks, but during this period, the heavy sap may run
only 10-20 days.
- Average sugar concentration of maple sap is about 2.5
- Maple sap is boiled to remove the water and concentrate the
sugars in a process called evaporation.
- In a conventional evaporator one cord of hard wood is
required for every 25 gallons of syrup produced.
collection systems with vacuum can increase average sap yields
approximately 50 percent.
- Maple sap becomes maple syrup when
boiled to 219 degrees Fahrenheit,
or 7 degrees above the boiling point of water.
- Pure Michigan maple syrup has 50 calories per tablespoon and
is fat-free. It has no additives, no added coloring and no
- Maple syrup has may minerals per tablespoon: 20 milligrams
of calcium, 2 milligrams of phosphorus, 0.2 milligrams of iron,
2 milligrams of sodium, 35 milligrams of potassium.
- Maple syrup is classified as one of nature's most healthful
- Michigan has a Maple Queen, who is selected each January,
- Michigan has a Maple Syrup Week held in March of each year.
- Michigan is noted for having two maple syrup festivals.
Many people find Michigan pure Maple Syrup to be the finest and
tastiest in the world. Try some today. We’re sure you’ll
USDA AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS FOR
- sap tubing
- sugar bush
- vapor compression distiller
- reverse osmosis
- flue pan
- storage tanks
- gathering tanks
- orlon boot
- vacuum systems
- power tapper
- automatic take-off
- smoke stack
- sugar house/sap shanty
- bit gravity flow
- "leather aprons" or maple snow
- hard maples
- hard work
- untapped resource
- steam hoods
- gathering pail
- bucket washer
- polyethylene liner
- ultraviolet light
- sugar molds