Jordan, Little kick off Maple Fest

Area representatives kicked off the celebration of all things maple in Middle Granville at Grottoli’s Maple Friday afternoon with the ceremonial tapping of the first maple tree.

The 16th annual maple weekend(s) began with Sen. Betty Little and Assemblyman Tony Jordan putting an old style tap into a tree behind the sugarhouse.

“I’m just relived that the drill worked, only because of the abuse I’d take until next year,” Jordan quipped after sap began running into the bucket.

Jordan used an old fashioned drill to make way for the tap later driven into the tree by Sen. Little.

“I love coming to these things, what could be more fun? Coming out with the family, it’s inexpensive and it’s a great place to be and a great place to relate the agricultural industry of Washington County,” Little said.

Hosts Mike and Laurie Grottoli said they were optimistic a lot of people would come out during the weekends. Mike Grottoli said based on the weather it looked like the two days of unseasonably warm weather should not affect the crop. Although he was quick to add, “You never know.”

New York State Maple Producers Association President Dave Campbell said it was looking like a good start to the season despite the two days of unseasonably warm weather.

Temperatures just after noon during the tapping topped 60 degrees with blue skies and bright sunshine.

Busy at his own Maple Land Farms sugarhouse, Campbell said he hadn’t had much of a chance to talk with others around the state to see how they were doing thus far. Supervisors Matt Hicks, Brian Campbell from Hebron and board chairman John Rymph of Easton attended the event.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Northshire Freepress – 02/05/16

North Country Freepress – 02/05/16

Weekender – 02/05/16

Lakes Region Freepress – 02/05/16

Finch and Chubb ‘under contract’

Finch and Chubb 1

By Dan King The Finch and Chubb Restaurant and Inn will soon be sold. A year ago, former owner Bill […]

Village of Granville overrides tax cap

dollar

By Dan King If you live in the village of Granville, your taxes will go up this year – the […]

Driver from rollover still hospitalized

Rollover 2

The driver of a log truck that rolled over on Route 4 last Thursday is still in the hospital at […]

Area schools not fiscally stressed

School

By Dan King There’s no need to stress, fiscally that is. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released the 2015 fiscal stress […]

Lively trivia night in Granville

trivia night winners

By Linda Ellingsworth Whether it was divine intervention or just plain superlative knowledge, the Looking Upward team trounced all other […]

Northshire Freepress – 01/29/16

North Country Freepress – 01/29/16

Weekender – 01/29/16