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WHY MARCH IS OUR SWEETEST SEASON

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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    Marian Morgan


    Morgan Farms


    789 Old Dekalb Road


    Canton, NY 13617‐3118


    St. Lawrence


    Home Phone (315) 386‐2196


    Business Phone


    Cell Phone


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    Bill Mueller


    Bill Mueller


    4312 State Highway 56


    South Colton, NY 13687‐3430


    St. Lawrence


    Home Phone


    Business Phone


    Cell Phone


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    David Sipher


    Potsdam FFA


    29 Leroy Street


    Potsdam, NY 13676‐1787


    St. Lawrence


    Home Phone (315) 265‐2000


    Business Phone


    Cell Phone


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    Edwin Soble


    Soble's Maple Products


    124 Canterbury Way


    Central Square, NY 13036‐2432


    Oswego


    Home Phone (315) 668‐6469


    Business Phone


    Cell Phone


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    Jason Thomas


    Windy Hill Maple


    88 Corcoran Road


    Colton, NY 13625‐3134


    St. Lawrence


    Home Phone (315) 262‐2346


    Business Phone


    Cell Phone


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    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


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    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


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    Linda Todd


    MKS Enterprises, Inc.


    60 Porter Lynch Road


    Norwood, NY 13668‐4100


    St. Lawrence


    Home Phone (315) 353‐2808


    Business Phone


    Cell Phone


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    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


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    Kenneth Tupper


    Hilltop Maple Treats


    760 State Highway 68


    Canton, NY 13617‐3488


    St. Lawrence


    Home Phone (315) 386‐2162


    Business Phone


    Cell Phone


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    Allen K Tupper


    Hilltop Maple Treats


    53 Allen Road


    Canton, NY 13617‐3284


    St. Lawrence


    Home Phone (315) 386‐3588


    Business Phone


    Cell Phone


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    Jean Tupper


    Hilltop Maple Treats


    760 State Highway 68


    Canton, NY 13617‐3488


    St. Lawrence


    Home Phone (315) 386‐2162


    Business Phone


    Cell Phone


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    Mike Vandenberg


    Mike Vandenberg


    55 Ward Road


    Hammond, NY 13646‐3167


    St. Lawrence


    Home Phone (315) 578‐2700


    Business Phone


    Cell Phone


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    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


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    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


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    John Whiteford


    John Whiteford


    1725 County Route 21


    Hermon, NY 13652‐3103


    St. Lawrence


    Home Phone (315) 276‐8421


    Business Phone


    Cell Phone


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    Timothy Whitens


    Willow Creek Farm


    390 Lakeshore Road


    Fulton, NY 13069‐4777


    Oswego


    Home Phone (315) 592‐5889


    Business Phone


    Cell Phone


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    Matt Williams


    Ridge Maples


    25775 County Route 3


    Plessis, NY 13675‐2217


    Jefferson


    Home Phone (315) 482‐3969


    Business Phone


    Cell Phone


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    James Woodrow


    Woody's Maple


    64 Woodrow Road


    Hermon, NY 13652‐3332


    St. Lawrence


    Home Phone (315) 347‐2395


    Business Phone


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