(AP)- U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics show the nation had a sweet maple season this year. Vermont — the country’s top maple producer — yielded a record 2.5 million gallons of maple syrup. Second was New York with 845,000 gallons, followed by Maine with 672,000 gallons. Vermont’s production exceeded the state’s 2021 amount of syrup by 800,000 gallons. Vermont producers installed 150,000 more taps in maple trees this year for a total of 6.6 million taps.
Photo: In this Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 photo, maple products appear on display at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in East Montpelier, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)