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New York State Maple Program features maple confections trainings

October 17, 2014

New York State Maple Program features maple confections trainings. 

In the fall of 2014 the Cornell Maple Program is featuring maple confections trainings conducted by Stephen Childs, New York State Maple Specialist. The workshop will feature training and hands-on experience in making maple confections, in particular maple sugar, maple cream, molded maple sugar and crystal coating.  The participants will be trained in using the diabetic glucose meter to measure invert sugar in maple syrup, how to properly blend syrups to a desired level of invert sugar and the factors that control crystal size in maple confections.  The program will also focus on the machinery and techniques that can improve a producer’s time efficiency when making these value added products. 

These workshops will be suitable for very experienced as well as novice confection-makers.  Each participating maple farm will receive a New York State Maple Confections Notebook.  Due to funding obtained through the Western NY Maple Producers Association the sessions in Steuben and Wyoming Counties will be especially inexpensive. 

Each participant will need to bring one quart of syrup to be used in the program.  To register, contact the location nearest you. 

November 1    Columbia-Greene County Maple Value Added Training, Contact: Marilyn Wyman, CCE of Greene County, Agroforestry Resource Center, 6055 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405; 518-622-9820 ext. 36; mfw10@cornell.edu

November 15  Maple Confection I Workshop, Wyoming County, Contact:  Deb Welch, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County, 401 North Main Street, Warsaw NY 14569; 585-786-2251; djw275@cornell.edu

November 22  Sullivan County Maple Value Added Training, Contact:  Michelle Lipari, Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., Liberty, NY 12754, 845-292-6180, ext. 129, mml249@cornell.edu  

December 20   Maple Confection Workshop I, Steuben County, Contact: Stephanie Mehlenbacher, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County,  3 Pulteney Square Feast, Bath, NY 14810, 607-583-3240 sms64@cornell.edu

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