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Why March is our Sweetest Season

By State Sen. Patty Ritchie

If you are ever in the town of Hermon, just as the winter weather breaks, make it a point to visit Woody’s Sugar Barn.

You’ll see why New York State ranks second in the nation in Maple Syrup production and come away understanding how the people who make up the New York State Maple Producers Association are convinced we can eventually overtake our friends in Vermont and become number one.

Over the past few weeks, I have been visiting St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Oswego counties to speak with some of the 90 small business owners producing  maple syrup. My husband and I spent a recent Saturday with Jim and Joan Woodrow who own Woody’s Sugar Barn in the town of Hermon to kick off what I have always considered to be the sweetest season of the year.

The Woodrows combine the best of the old and new, combining the latest technological advances in Maple production at their family’s picturesque barn that is decorated with a variety of antique agricultural implements.

As the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I wanted to see how small business owners likes the Woodrows are creating a whole array of Maple products and creating new jobs at their family businesses.

Like a lot of Maple syrup producers, tapping Maple trees has been a family tradition for generations of the Woodrow family. But the Woodrows recognized the potential it offers and are working with other Maple producers to expand the business by bringing customers to their rustic production facility where they can see it being made and taste goodies like Maple spreads, cookies and, of course, syrup.

New York State has an estimated 289 million Maple trees, but only one percent are actually being tapped.

Ironically, we have nearly 200 million more Maple trees than Quebec, the world’s leading maple syrup producer. But we actually tap 40 million fewer trees than Quebec. That’s why our nation is actually importing this natural sweetener and Canada is actually producing 85 percent of the world’s Maple syrup supply.

Just recently, I sponsored a bill to make it easier for the 500 Maple producers across the State to invite customers and groups to their sugar shacks by cutting cumbersome regulations that were preventing family farmers from sharing this rural tradition with visitors.

It’s my job to stand up for our state’s 36,000 family farms to keep bureaucrats from imposing foolish mandates that make it tougher for agribusinesses to grow and prosper.

I hope you’ll see what our Maple Producers are doing in your county. That’s why I’m including this list of Maple Producer Association members in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

Here’s the list of Maple Producers:

William Atkinson

Maple Leaf Farm

282 Atkinson Road

Pulaski, NY 13142?3158

Oswego

Home Phone
(315) 298?2110

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

David Baker

David Baker

1707 County Route 44

Waddington, NY 13694
?3149

St. Lawrence

Home Phone

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Henry Basham

B & B Maple Farm

PO Box 112

Hannawa Falls, NY 13647
?0112

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 265?4359

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Garnet Beckstead

Garnet Beckstead

24 Cogswell Corners Road

Madrid, NY 13660
?3118

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 322?4085

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Scott Bonno

Glenmeal Maple Lane Farm

673 Glenmeal Road

Canton, NY 13617
?3458

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 386?3035

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Leroy Burnham

Beaver River Maple Supplies

16695 Sandy Creek Valley Road

Watertown, NY 13601
?9356

Jefferson

Home Phone
(315) 788?4621

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

J. Allan Burnham

Burnham’s Green Acres

22 Depue Road

Canton, NY 13617
?4419

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 386?3319

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Mark Burnham

Burnham’s Pure Maple Syrup

16661 Sandy Creek Valley Road

Watertown, NY 13601
?9356

Jefferson

Home Phone
(315) 778?9407

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Harvey Burnham

Burnham’s Pure Maple Syrup

16661 Sandy Creek Valley Road

Watertown, NY 13601
?9356

Jefferson

Home Phone
(315) 778?3193

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Robert Burnham

Burnham’s Pure Maple Syrup

14671 Ramsey Road

Adams Center, NY 13606
?3145

Jefferson

Home Phone
(315) 778?9407

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Daniel Burnham

Burnham’s Pure Maple Syrup

14453 County Route 63

Adams Center, NY 13606
?2133

Jefferson

Home Phone
(315) 778?9407

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Reginald Chester

Reginald & Mary Jean Chester maple

8350 Cty Route 27

Lisbon, NY 13658
?3133

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 394?6513

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Donald Clonch

Maple Hill Farm

86 Guernsey Road

Hannibal, NY 13074
?2329

Oswego

Home Phone
(315) 593?2396

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Mark Davis

Hungryhill Sugarmakers

717 Orebed Road

Colton, NY 13625
?3146

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 386?3058

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

David Davis

Hungryhill Sugarmakers

781 Orebed Road

Colton, NY 13625
?3146

St. Lawrence

Home Phone

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Bernard Deragon

Deragon’s Maple Products

166 Palmer Rd

Dickinson Center, NY 12930
?2710

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 328?4820

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Harry Doelger

Doelger Sweethouse

1041 River Road

Norwood, NY 13668
?3105

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 353?2780

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Courtney Donnelly

The Orebed Sugar Shack

503 Ore Bed Road

De Kalb Junction, NY 13630
?3109

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 347?3415

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Kevin Enders

Red Schoolhouse Maple LLC

1354 Red SchoolHouse Road

Fulton, NY 13069
?3711

Oswego

Home Phone
(315) 695?4491

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Steven Fallon

Steven Fallon maple

835 County Route 58

Colton, NY 13625
?3196

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 268?0316

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Spencer Farr

Windmill Farm

718 Windmill Rd

Colton, NY 13625
?4124

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 262?3108

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Janet Favro

Sugarbush Lane at Brick Chapel

146 Barnes Road

Canton, NY 13617
?3272

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 386?3826

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Jim Finen

Fine
?n?Dandy

20 Antoniette St

Massena, NY 13662
?4301

St. Lawrence

Home Phone

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Donald Finen

Fine
?n?Dandy

PO Box 65

Waddington, NY 13694
?0065

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 388?4149

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Maxwell Fisher

Max’s Maple Products

104 County Rd 31

Madrid, NY 13660
?3190

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 322?0501

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Timothy Fowler

Maple Hollow Farm

1309 County Route 85

Hannibal, NY 13074
?2132

Oswego

Home Phone
(315) 564?7133

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Andrus Gadway

Gadway’s Sugar House

530 Austin Ridge Road

Norwood, NY 13668
?3118

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 353?2402

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Alan Garrand

Alan Garrand

299 County Route 20

Richville, NY 13681
?3149

St. Lawrence

Home Phone

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Bryan Given

B.F. Given & Family Maple

613 Blanchard Hill Road

Russell, NY 13684
?3108

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 347?4291

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Richard Hamilton

Trout Lake Maple

676 County Road 19

Hermon, NY 13652
?3209

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 556?8288

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

James Hargrave

Brandy
?View Farms, LLC

24 Walker Road

Madrid, NY 13660
?3122

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(313) 322?4429

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Gary Hayden

Sticky Situations

2523 County Road 176

Fulton, NY 13069
?4275

Oswego

Home Phone
(315) 592?7981

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Fred Henderson

Moose Woods Maple Farm

2211 County Road 35

Norwood, NY 13668
?3195

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 265?2318

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Mary Hilton

Maple Run Emporiums, Inc

1964 State highway 345

madrid, NY 13660
?3152

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 322?5469

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Arthur Hurlbut

Hurlbut’s Maple Products

2965 County Road 21

Canton, NY 13617
?6515

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 386?8601

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Andy Hurlbut

Hurlbut’s Maple Products

3003 County Road 21

Canton, NY 13617
?6514

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 854?5381

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Gary Hurlbut

Maple Help Stock Farms

207 Hurlbut Road

Mexico, NY 13114
?3219

Oswego

Home Phone
(315) 963?7558

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

James Hurlbut

Maple Help Stock Farms

207 Hurlbut Road

Mexico, NY 13114
?3219

Oswego

Home Phone
(315) 963?7558

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Roger Hutchinson

Pierrepont Sugarworks

4 OreBed Road

Canton, NY 13617
?3465

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 386?4795

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Jeff Jenness

The Orebed Sugar Shack

503 Ore Bed Road

De Kalb Junction, NY 13630
?3109

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 347?3415

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Jim Kenney

Breezy Maples Farm

331 Willard Road

Massena, NY 13662
?3479

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 705?6560

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Michael Kenny

Sweeter Creations Sugar House

348 Pearson Road

Madrid, NY 13660
?3114

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 322?5535

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Jason King

Lazarus Sugar Shanty

10518 County Route 152

Adams, NY 13605
?2537

Jefferson

Home Phone
(315) 771?0455

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

William LaPoint

Bill LaPoint

2531 County Road 47

Winthrop, NY 13697
?3212

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 353?6663

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Kendall Lawrence

Miner Street Maples

10 Woodmere Dr

Canton, NY 13617
?3259

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 386?3653

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Gordon Lewis

Lewis Maple Farms

34553 State Route 26

Carthage, NY 13619
?8549

Jefferson

Home Phone
(315) 493?3094

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Gary Lomber

L&S Maple

26464 State Route 180

Dexter, NY 13634
?3026

Jefferson

Home Phone
(315) 639?5052

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

John Mahardy, Jr.

452 Martin Road

Cleveland, NY 13042
?2126

Oswego

Home Phone

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Lee Mathews

Mathews Maple

1021 County Road 27

Oswegatchie, NY 13670
?3132

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 848?2864

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Brent McAdam

Down Back Sugar Shack

907 Pond Road

Hermon, NY 13652
?3214

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 347?4525

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Lori McAdam
?Jenness

The Orebed Sugar Shack

503 Ore Bed Road

De Kalb Junction, NY 13630
?3109

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 347?3415

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Gail C Millard

Little m Farm

16611 County Road 64

Watertown, NY 13601
?5309

Jefferson

Home Phone
(315) 788?2966

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Kermit Morgan

Morgan Farms

789 Old DeKalb Road

Canton, NY 13617
?3118

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 386?2196

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Marian Morgan

Morgan Farms

789 Old Dekalb Road

Canton, NY 13617
?3118

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 386?2196

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Bill Mueller

Bill Mueller

4312 State Highway 56

South Colton, NY 13687
?3430

St. Lawrence

Home Phone

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Roger Murray

North Country Maple

5360 St Highway 56

Potsdam, NY 13676
?3007

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 265?6705

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Allan Newell

Chippewa Creek Farm

170 Newell Road

Hammond, NY 13646
?3207

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 324?5404

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Hugh Newton

Hugh’s Sugar Shack

5373 State Highway 56

Potsdam, NY 13676
?3007

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 265?7397

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Sally Newton

Hugh’s Sugar Shack

5373 State Highway 56

Potsdam, NY 13676
?3007

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 265?7397

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Lyle Pickert

Spring Hill Maple

12010 COUNTY ROUTE 97

Rodman, NY 13682
?2105

Jefferson

Home Phone
(315) 232?4442

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Patrick Rastley

Philip Rastley Maple

337 Stammers Road

Gouverneur, NY 13642
?3588

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 287?7949

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Grant J Rohrmoser

G & L Maple Products

PO Box 21

Sandy Creek, NY 13145
?0021

Oswego

Home Phone
(315) 387?5091

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

David S Rudd

Heritage Hill Farm

135 Nemier Road

Lacona, NY 13083
?3186

Oswego

Home Phone
(315) 387?5213

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Lawrence Rudd

Rudd’s Family Maple Syrup

16370 Balch Place

Mannsville, NY 13661
?3228

Jefferson

Home Phone
(315) 465?4491

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Charles Rutley

Rutley Maple Farms

PO Box 87

West Stockholm, NY 13696
?0087

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 265?0686

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

David Sipher

Potsdam FFA

29 Leroy Street

Potsdam, NY 13676
?1787

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 265?2000

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Edwin Soble

Soble’s Maple Products

124 Canterbury Way

Central Square, NY 13036
?2432

Oswego

Home Phone
(315) 668?6469

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Jason Thomas

Windy Hill Maple

88 Corcoran Road

Colton, NY 13625
?3134

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 262?2346

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Bryan Thompson

Blue Heron Farm

68 Streeter Road

De Kalb Junction, NY 13630
?3150

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 349?2178

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Douglas Thompson

Thompson’s Tree Farm

2077 County Route 11

Gouverneur, NY 13642
?3133

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 287?0024

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Linda Todd

MKS Enterprises, Inc.

60 Porter Lynch Road

Norwood, NY 13668
?4100

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 353?2808

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Brianne Tulley

The Orebed Sugar Shack

906 County Route 8

Hammond, NY 13646
?4235

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 578?2552

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Kenneth Tupper

Hilltop Maple Treats

760 State Highway 68

Canton, NY 13617
?3488

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 386?2162

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Allen K Tupper

Hilltop Maple Treats

53 Allen Road

Canton, NY 13617
?3284

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 386?3588

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Jean Tupper

Hilltop Maple Treats

760 State Highway 68

Canton, NY 13617
?3488

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 386?2162

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Mike Vandenberg

Mike Vandenberg

55 Ward Road

Hammond, NY 13646
?3167

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 578?2700

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Steve VanderMark

CCE of St. Lawrence County

1894 STATE HIGHWAY 68

Canton, NY 13617
?4411

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 379?9192

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Cary A Ware

Ware’s Sugar House

513 State Highway 11C

Winthrop, NY 13697
?3240

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 389?4769

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

John Whiteford

John Whiteford

1725 County Route 21

Hermon, NY 13652
?3103

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 276?8421

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Timothy Whitens

Willow Creek Farm

390 Lakeshore Road

Fulton, NY 13069
?4777

Oswego

Home Phone
(315) 592?5889

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

Matt Williams

Ridge Maples

25775 County Route 3

Plessis, NY 13675
?2217

Jefferson

Home Phone
(315) 482?3969

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax

James Woodrow

Woody’s Maple

64 Woodrow Road

Hermon, NY 13652
?3332

St. Lawrence

Home Phone
(315) 347?2395

Business Phone

Cell Phone

Fax