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Sweet Beginnings

Sweet Beginnings: Maple Sugaring in the North Country

As more than one North Country resident has said, maple sugar time marks the sweet beginning of the agricultural season.  For early farmers in this region, the annual crop provided a supply of sweetener for household use, as well as a source of income. Native only in North America, sugar maples dominate the woods in many parts of the North Country.   Many North Country residents continue to cherish the annual tradition of making sugar from our trees.

Sweet Beginnings includes an overview of the history of maple sugar production in our region and a display of artifacts related to sugar production, past and present, and spotlights producers in our region who carry the tradition forward.

TAUNY appreciates resources provided by Cooperative Extension, the American Maple Museum in Croghan, the Uhlein project outside Lake Placid, and various maple associations for this exhibit.


The exhibit and related workshops and programs are possible thanks to underwriting funding from National Grid, The UPS Store - Potsdam,  Potsdam Agway,  and Pinto, Mucenski, Hooper, and VanHouse & Co., PC.


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