Shoppers make their selections during Maine Maple Sunday weekend in October at Raider’s Sugarhouse in China. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel Buy this Photo

Here’s a welcome sign of spring: The dates for the 38th annual Maine Maple Sunday weekend have been set for March 27 and 28, just over a month from now.

Last year, because of the pandemic, the Maine Maple Producers Association postponed the popular event until Oct. 9-11, with maple producers hosting both online and a few limited on-farm activities, following federal CDC guidelines. It was the first time in 37 years the spring event had been canceled. Sugar shacks will be open again this year, according to Scott Dun, president of the association.

“Since each sugar house is unique in size and capacity, producers are adjusting their hours and purchase options, including curbside pick-up and online ordering,” Dunn said in a statement. “It is important for visitors to plan ahead by checking or calling your local producers about their plans for the event.”

In addition to buying syrup on Maine Maple Sunday weekend, visitors partake in pancake breakfasts, maple doughnuts and farm tours.

Maine has 450 licensed maple producers that make more than 575,000 gallons of syrup annually, making it the third largest producer in the country after Vermont and New York. The maple syrup industry generates $27 million a year for the Maine economy and employs more than 560 people.

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