Are you interested in learning more about maple production? Do you
make maple syrup at home? Are you a commercial maple producer?
Whatever your level of interest or involvement in maple
production, you can benefit from membership in the Michigan Maple
Want to join? Sign up using our online
Here is an overview of what we offer...
Meetings: The annual meeting of the membership of the MMSA is
generally held in January of each year at a central location in
the state. The 2002 annual meeting was held January 19, 2002 at
the Dougherty Hotel and Convention Center in Clare Michigan. The
next annual meeting will be held on January 18, 2003, and will
include a business meeting of the membership, educational sessions
and a display area of sugaring equipment and supplies vendors.
A second meeting of the membership, the Annual MMSA Fall Tour,
is generally held the last weekend of September. This meeting
moves to different areas of the state each year and features
on-site visits of several sugaring camps and often other local
As associate members of the North American Maple Syrup Council
(NAMSC) and the International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI),
members are encouraged to take advantage of the joint annual
meeting of these two organizations. The meeting is hosted at
rotating sites each year, with each of the sixteen member states
and provinces taking turns hosting.
Video Library: We have a full library of most of the maple
videos available and make them available to you for a reasonable
rental fee. Our library contains the following titles currently:
- The Maple Sugaring Story—A video and educational workbook
(suitable for the
classroom) for teaching and learning about the legend,
science, and history of Michigan Maple as it spans from early
Native Americans to today’s commercial industry (Pub 1990)
- Frost and Fire—A 15 minute video about making maple syrup -IMSI
- Sugar Bush Management: A Guide to Improve Sap Production—Using
tree management, tree removal techniques, thinning, site
selection, and logging to improve sap production (20 min) -Cornell
- Maple Sap Production: From Tree to Collection Tank—This
video covers sap collection, site evaluation, lateral &
mainlines, and tapping techniques (30 min) -Cornell Cooperative
- Maple Sap Processing: Converting Sap to Syrup for a Quality
Product—This video covers sugarhouse, cost and
site, sap storage, safety, and types of equipment -Cornell
- Maple Sugaring: A Springtime Tradition—The
history, tradition, and production methods of sugar making in
Michigan (20 min) -MMSA
- Maple Syrup: A Sweet Gift From Nature—This entertaining video looks at
the making of maple syrup by the VandeBunte family. (25 min)
The MMSA publishes three newsletters each year—March, August,
and December—which are sent to current members. The newsletter
provides up-to-date information regarding:
- Dates of upcoming association and national maple events.
- Research findings from research projects of interest to the
- Educational materials regarding the production and marketing
of Michigan maple products.
- Advertising and classified ads regarding maple equipment and
- Other information of general interest to our membership.
MMSA is a member of the International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI),
a promotion and marketing organization made up of U.S. and Canadian
producers and processors. MMSA also sends a delegate to the
meetings of the North American Maple Syrup Council
(NAMSC), which comprises sixteen member states and provinces.
The council was organized
to promote and support maple research.
The association has developed a number of promotional materials
available to our members to promote their products and educate
their communities about maple sugaring.
- Itís Spring in Michigan: Welcome to Maple, a tri-fold
brochure on the history and how-to of sugaring in Michigan
- Some Observations and Facts About Michigan Maple Syrup
Production, a simple card of quick facts and maple
jargon (it even includes a few recipes)
- Michigan Maple Syrup: the sweetness of Michigan is our
first attempt at a brochure to help members advertise their
products in a joint project (it lists 22 members who "bought"
advertising space to jointly fund the project)
- Michigan Maple Syrup Recipes, a nice little 16 page
booklet of recipes from the kitchens of Michiganís leading
maple producers (lots of tried and true recipes your customers
The following stickers are available to help promote Michigan
Maple Syrup on your packaged products:
- Select Michigan (1.25-inch round sticker)
- MMSA Logo (1.25-inch round sticker)
Other Promotional Items
- Maple Syrup For Sale Sign, featuring the IMSI Pure Maple
- Maple Syrup License Plate, also features the IMSI logo.
- MMSA Logo Window Decal
- Listing on this Web site
MMSA membership links you to the friendship and knowledge of 200
other sugar-makers, plus gains you access to educational and
research centers and industry regulatory offices.