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Updated: March 18, 2022

Maine Maple Sunday recognized by US Senate

maple syrup in glass bottles Photo / Jim Neuger Maine Maple Sunday will take place this year on March 27.

With less than two weeks to go until the 2022 edition of Maine Maple Sunday, the longstanding tradition has been formally recognized in a U.S. Senate resolution passed unanimously this week.

The resolution, introduced by U.S. Sens. Angus King, I-Maine, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, designates March 27, 2022, as Maine Maple Sunday, when the state's maple producers open their doors to the public for a day of samples, sales and sugarhouse demonstrations.

Beyond the annual tradition, the resolution recognizes the importance of Maine maple syrup production to the state’s communities, economy and culture.

“Maine is proud to be the one of the country’s largest maple syrup producers — and the home to the best tasting syrup in the world," Collins and King said in a joint statement.

"For generations, Maine people have come together with friends and family each spring to tap trees, boil sap and make this delicious product. Maine Maple Sunday celebrates this long tradition, highlights the excellence of the maple industry, and recognizes the contributions of the small-maple businesses across our state. We’re glad the Senate unanimously understood the importance of this uniquely Maine day and has given it the national recognition it deserves.”

Maine is home to more than 550 maple syrup producers and 800 full- and part-time syrup jobs, and facilities producing 575,000 gallons annually valued at $21.6 million.

The state is the nation’s third-largest producer of maple syrup, and accounts for 17% of all U.S. produced maple syrup. The Maine Maple Sunday tradition started decades ago.

“Maine maple producers have worked hard for the last 39 years to make Maine Maple Sunday the premier spring maple festival in the state by making it both fun and delicious,” said Scott Dunn, president of the Maine Maple Producers Association.

“Our producers have a tremendous amount of pride in their Maine maple syrup, and their Maple Sunday events prove it. Being recognized with a U.S. Senate Resolution shows the country that Maine Maple Sunday is the premier maple event in Maine and the country.”

Find out more about who's participating this year here.

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