Event

Mid-Winter Maple Classic hosted by NYS Maple Producers’ Association

Maple Classic

If you’ve been interested in the production of pure maple and want to learn more, we invite you to join your NYS maple producers for the biggest maple show in the industry!

The NYS Maple Producers’ Association is pleased to be sponsoring an IN-PERSON maple conference January 7-8, 2022, at the NY State Fairgrounds. The trade show and meals will be in the Horticulture Building. Workshops will take place in the Arts & Home Building adjacent. Parking is ample and free.

As in previous years, there is plenty of room in the Horticulture Building for vendors to display their equipment. The list of trade show vendors continues to grow, a slate of speakers and topics for Saturday’s workshops is available below. Visit the event website to view the most updated list.

Your registration fee includes attendance to all events both Friday and Saturday. Friday evening includes a social hour with snacks. Saturday will include a continental breakfast, a buffet lunch, and coffee hours morning and afternoon.

We also are committed to meeting safely, and we therefore will ensure that we take precautions to prevent spreading a virus that continues to cause great concern across the world. The NYS Maple Producers’ Association will take every step we can to keep you safe at the conference. We also ask that you protect yourselves and your fellow conference attendees with the recommended procedures as well. Please see the details below.

2022 MAPLE WINTER CLASSIC MEETING PROTOCOLS FOR COVID SAFETY – UPDATED 12/23/21:

  • MASK policy – EVERYONE will need to wear a mask that covers nose and mouth indoors. The only times the mask is not required to be in place is when you are sitting at a picnic table eating, or at other times if drinking a beverage. We will have masks at the door if you forget yours.
  • VACCINATIONS – we strongly encourage that you be vaccinated, but proof of vaccination will not be required to enter the conference facilities or to participate in conference activities. Incidentally, there is a walk-in vaccination clinic in the building at the State Fairgrounds where we are holding the workshops.
  • NOT FEELING WELL? – we ask you not to come. If you are at all unsure, there is a rapid test COVID clinic at the back door of the Horticulture Building.
  • SOCIAL Distancing – Fortunately, the Horticulture Building is large enough that we can widely space out the picnic tables where you will be eating breakfast and lunch. We will provide spaces between trade show vendors so that they have plenty of room to talk to interested visitors. For the workshops, we are using the largest rooms available in the facility so that we can space out the chairs for attendees. Please, keep your masks on in the workshops.


Workshop Schedule for Saturday, Jan. 8

SESSION I - 9:00 to 10:15

Room

Topic

Speaker

Demonstration Kitchen

New product development

Catherine Belisle

Theater

Tapping practices for sustainability and optimal yield

Abby van den Berg

Broadway Bistro

Bucket and tubing installation demonstration

Aaron Wightman

Seminar Workshop Room

Sugarbush management for improved health and yield

Peter Smallidge

Maple Booth

Effect of container type on syrup quality

Eileen Downs

SESSION II - 10:45 to 12:00

Room

Topic

Speaker

Demonstration Kitchen

Value-added products demonstration

Scott St. Mary

Theater

Total yield from red maple trees

Abby van den Berg

Broadway Bistro

How to start a backyard maple business

Scott Weikert

Seminar Workshop Room

USDA assistance programs

Lynette Wright

Maple Booth

Cotton candy demo

Dan Weed and Dave Schiek

SESSION III - 1:15 to 2:30

Room

Topic

Speaker

Demonstration Kitchen

Value-added products demonstration

Michael Kenny

Theater

Maximizing sap yield in a tubing system

Adam Wild

Broadway Bistro

How to manage sap during warm weather

Joel Boutin

Seminar Workshop Room

Managing insect pests in the sugarbush

Eric Randall

Maple Booth

Organic certification

Lauren Sandstrom

SESSION IV - 3:00 to 4:00

Room

Topic

Speaker

Demonstration Kitchen

Syrup grading workshop

Brian Bainborough and Jason Lilley

Theater

NY Bird-friendly maple program

Zachary Beorman

Broadway Bistro

Growing mushrooms and other crops in the sugarbush

Steve Gabriel

Seminar Workshop Room

Tap timing in West Virginia

Jaime Schuler

Maple Booth

Sugarbush monitoring system

Mitchell Charron

Additional Dates and Times

Sat, Jan 8, 2022 at 8:00am - 4:00pm

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