Sweet visit for local students

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The Maple Experience came to Oneida County last week.

Hosted by Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, and the New York State Maple Producers Association, the Maple Experience gives students a hands-on look and feel for the maple industry that is so vital to New York State industry.

Buttenschon kicked off the program at Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School followed by a visit to George R. Staley Elementary School and the N.A. Walbran Elementary School in Oriskany.

The students were able to walk through the mobile educational exhibit, complete with local high school and middle school FFA volunteers who rolled out information on the early discovery of maple syrup and the impact early settlers had on the expansion of the industry.

Students received interactive tree tapping demonstrations, including modern power drills and plastic tubing syrup lines, and enjoyed a tasting of real maple syrup and maple syrup products.

As a member of the Agriculture and Education Committee, and chair of the Export Trade Subcommittee, Buttenschon worked to secure funding for the Maple Experience in the 2021-22 state budget. New York’s maple production hit a 75-year record in 2019, producing over 820,000 gallons.

Whether they’re fans of pancakes or waffles, we’re sure that participating students will long-remember what they learned about the great tradition of maple syrup production in the Empire State thanks to the Maple Experience.

For more information and calendar of locations, the Maple Experience may be found at: https://nysmaple.com/the-maple-experience/.

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