January 31, 2015
Northwest PA Maple Producers Association Annual Meeting
New Location: The Pampered Palate,
606 South Street, Route 198,
Saegertown, PA 16433
(across from Lord Corporation)
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pre-registration required!!!! by January 23rd
Dues $15.00 -
Meeting Registration $10.00 per person (includes pancake lunch)
Featured topics and speakers:
Vacuum Tubing Installation/Maintenance-Tip and Guidelines
Presented by: Steve Bedard, Lapierre Maple Equipment Sales Manager-Steve has spent a lot of time designing/optimizing/installing tubing systems with 30 years’ experience.
Pat and Michele Mihailov and children own and operate Frost Ridge Maple Farm. Pat has been making syrup since 1983. They currently have 5,000 taps and boil on a Wood Fired 6 x 16 Force 5 Evaporator in their sugarhouse in Blooming Valley, Route 198. They have been a Lapierre Dealer for 6 years and stock sugaring supplies all year round. As a courtesy for our customers Pat assists in initial woodlot evaluation and setup. They can be reached at 814-720-9656 or 814-337-2483.
Evaporating Sap & Selecting the Right Evaporator System to Work in your Maple Operation:
Presented by: Les Ober an OSU Extension Program Assistant in Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Les coordinates the programing for maple syrup education in Northeast Ohio, along with the Commercial Agriculture Programing in Geauga County. Les is a 4th generation maple syrup producer running a 500 tap maple operation in central Geauga County, utilizing a vacuum tubing system, 30 x 8 wood pellet evaporator and reverse osmosis.
Reverse Osmosis General Discussion
Presented by: Ray D. Gingrich, Deer Run Maple-
Ray will talk about RO’s from hobby to 3000 GPH units. Ray is a syrup producer in Ohio and has an 8,000 tap maple operation. He builds gas and electric powered RO machines from hobby to 1000 gallon per hour units. Bring your RO questions.
Testing your Syrup (Not Sap) Hydrometers
Gary and Shirley Bilek, Triple Creek Maple
BRING YOUR SYRUP HYDROMETER WITH YOU TO THE MEETING FOR TESTING YOU WILL KNOW GOING INTO THE 2015 SEASON THAT YOU WILL BE FINISHING YOUR SYRUP AT THE PROPER DENSITY.
Courtesy of the NW Maple Producers Association
Northwest Maple Queen Contest:
We are still looking for contestants for the upcoming season; you must be at least 16 years old. If you know of anybody that is interested in being our Northwest Maple Queen, please contact me at 814-763-2777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by January 20, 2015.
Dealers will be available for you to purchase your up-coming season Maple Syrup supplies.
Be sure to pass this invitation on to your neighbors and friends that are interested in making maple syrup. Hope to see you at the annual dinner; any questions please call Laura Dengler 814-763-2777 leave message or email email@example.com
New Constitution and Bylaws
Approved by the Board of Directors on June 12, 2014
November 2015 --
Lake Erie Maple Expo
Co-sponsored by Northwest PA Maple Syrup Producers Association, Ohio Maple Producers Association, Western New York State Maple Producers and the Albion FFA
Northwestern High School
200 Harthan Way
Albion, PA 16401
Northwest PA Maple Syrup
Producers Association -
Schedule of monthly meetings:
(all members welcome)
Meetings start at 7 p.m.
January ., 2014 - 9am - 2 pm
Annual General Membership Meeting
Blooming Valley Methodist Church
Blooming Valley, PA
19868 Greenleaf Dr.
Saegertown, PA 16433
Minutes from past
Northwest PA Maple Syrup
Producers Association Meetings
2015 - 12th Annual
Maple Taste & Tour Weekend
Saturday & Sunday March 14 & 15, 2015
2015 Asbury Woods Nature Center Maple Festival
April , 2015 11am - 4pm
4105 Asbury Road, Erie, PA 16506
2014 Pennsylvania State Maple Tour
Hosted by Endless Mountains Maple Syrup Producers Association
For Info: Contact
Andy Dewing at 570-395-3458
2015 PA Farm Show (maple sales and exhibits)
Visit the PA maple council booths in the food court and
food court annex
2015 IMSI/NAMSC Maple Tour
Hosted by Somerset Maple Producers Association
Visit the "Sugar Shack" at Local Area Fairs
for delicious Maple Products & Confections
2015 Crawford County Fair –
2015 Erie County Fair –
Annual Sugarhouse Inspections
Maple News Items
PA Secretary of Agriculture
Taps Maple Tree to kick off 2013 Season
Governor Tom Corbett Proclaims February Maple Month
2012 PA Fall Maple Tour
Asbury Woods Nature Center
Mr. Steve Childs, Cornell University, presented a workshop for maple producers on how to make various Maple Confections. The workshop was attended by sugar makers from both Northwestern Pennsylvania and Northeastern Ohio. Mr. Childs demonstrated techniques for making maple marshmallow, maple soft drinks, maple cotton candy and a number of other value added products. The workshop was a combination of lecture and hands on practice.
A tubing installation demonstration was provided by Jim Cermack, a "Maple Pro" Dealer from Middlefield, OH. Modern techniques for installing tubing were both discussed and demonstrated.
Mr. Steve Childs, Cornell University, presented a workshop for maple producers on how to make various Maple Confections. The workshop was attended by sugar makers from both Northwestern Pennsylvania and Northeastern Ohio. Mr. Childs was assisted by Dr. Robert Hansen, Penn State Cooperative Extension Service. Together they demonstrate techniques for testing and blending syrup, then using the blended syrup to make confections such as cream and candy. The workshop was a combination of lecture and hands on practice. A follow up Maple Confections II workshop has already been scheduled for early June 2008.