Since its founding in 1947, our Association has represented the commercial and hobbyist sugarmaking in Massachusetts. Membership in the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association is open to all. Our wide membership includes maple producers in Massachusetts and other states, ranging from backyard hobbyists to long time large producers. Our membership also includes equipment manufacturers, ex-producers and just about anyone with an interest in the Massachusetts maple industry. Annual dues are $45 for the calendar year. Membership is free for Massachusetts residents age 18 and under who are sugaring or planning to do so, and includes a free copy of The North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual for those youth. All memberships include a subscription to The Maple Digest and our own newsletter The Sugarbush News. New members who join after November 1 will have their membership fee applied to the following year.
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While we cannot conduct actual inspections, we expect our members to conform to all state and federal standards regarding the production and sale of maple products. We disseminate information to our members which helps them to maintain strong quality control and we stand ready to assist them with specific problems as needed. We maintain a fairly complete library of up-to-date maple research publications, and will endeavor to answer your specific questions. We also act as your representative to both state and federal governments on specific legislative issues, that effect the maple producers.
We are a non-profit organization recognized by the state and federal non-profit laws. Our funds come from a small commission on discounted containers and supplies as well as from membership dues. We recieve no state or federal financial assistance. We are governed by a nine member Board of Directors elected yearly by the general membership. Daily operations are conducted by a paid Coordinator who serves with the direction of the Board.
The Association maintains a 24 hour telephone with answering machine (The Massachusetts Maple Phone). A call any time will be answered either by the Coordinator or by a recording supplying you with up-to-date information about sugaring in Massachusetts, which is updated regularly. You may also leave a message and the Coordinator will return your call.
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