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The Cornell Maple Program presents Sweet Talk, with hosts, co-directors of CMP, Aaron Wightman and Adam Wild. Your hosts will present the latest research, news, and trends in the maple industry, with various guests including other maple researchers, industry experts, and local sugarmakers.

Sweet Talk: All Things Maple Maple Program

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    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

The Cornell Maple Program presents Sweet Talk, with hosts, co-directors of CMP, Aaron Wightman and Adam Wild. Your hosts will present the latest research, news, and trends in the maple industry, with various guests including other maple researchers, industry experts, and local sugarmakers.

    Episode 29: Certified Kitchens with Dr. Catherine Belisle

    Episode 29: Certified Kitchens with Dr. Catherine Belisle

    This month, Aaron and Adam get together with their colleague at the Cornell Maple Program, food scientist Dr. Catherine Belisle.

    Catherine went through the process of getting the Arnot Forest kitchen certified by New York State under Article 20-C. This certification can provide maple producers the opportunity to create a variety of food products for sale, granting access to a wider market. And the certification process is simpler than one might think.

    Though this episode focusses on experiences with the New York State certification system, the information should translate well to similar regulations in your state.

    As always, we're here to help. Contact Catherine, and others at the Cornell Maple Program at www.cornellmaple.com, and send us a message through the "Contact Us" page.



    This episode was made possible with funding from the NYSMPA and USDA AMS.



    Episode Produced by Ailis Clyne.

    Music - Long and Low Cloud by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue)

    • 32 min
    Episode 28: Producer Spotlight - Dan Weed

    Episode 28: Producer Spotlight - Dan Weed

    This month, Aaron pays a visit to Dan Weed's sugarhouse, located just over the hill from the Arnot Forest. Dan wears many hats, as owner and operator of Schoolyard Sugarbush in Newfield, NY, along with his wife Holly, as a CDL equipment dealer, and as President of the New York Maple Producers' Association.



    Learn more about Schoolyard Sugarbush: https://www.schoolyardsugarbush.org/

    Learn more about the NYSMPA: https://nysmaple.com/



    This episode was made possible with funding from the NYSMPA and USDA AMS.



    Episode Produced by Ailis Clyne.

    Music - Long and Low Cloud, Funk and Flash, both by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue)

    • 35 min
    Episode 27: Conference Recap - 2024 NY Mid-Winter Maple Classic

    Episode 27: Conference Recap - 2024 NY Mid-Winter Maple Classic

    This month, Aaron and Adam review some highlights from this year's re-launch of New York's annual Maple Conference. Special thanks to the New York State Maple Producers' Association, Commissioner Ball and the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Trumansburg High School Sugaring Program, and to all who attended the conference. We hope to return with an even bigger and better conference in 2025.


    This episode was made possible with funding from the NYSMPA and USDA AMS.



    Episode Produced by Ailis Clyne.

    Music - Long and Low Cloud, Funk and Flash, both by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue)

    • 22 min
    Episode 26: 2024 Conference - NY Mid-Winter Maple Classic

    Episode 26: 2024 Conference - NY Mid-Winter Maple Classic

    This month, Aaron and Adam give a preview into the 2024 NY Mid-Winter Maple Classic - the largest maple conference of the year. The conference will be held on January 5 and 6 at the Oncenter in Syracuse, NY.

    Register and learn more at: https://nysmaple.com/mapleclassic/



    Episode Produced by Ailis Clyne.

    Music - Long and Low Cloud by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue)

    • 15 min
    Episode 25: Sweet Talk from an Equipment Manufacturer's perspective, with Philippe Breton

    Episode 25: Sweet Talk from an Equipment Manufacturer's perspective, with Philippe Breton

    This month, Adam interviews Philippe Breton, Corporate Relations manager for Lapierre, a large maple equipment manufacturing company based in Quebec. Breton is also chair of the newly formed Maple Industry Manufacturers' Association. They discuss past, present, and future challenges facing manufacturers, producers large and small, and the industry as a whole.



    Episode Produced by Ailis Clyne.

    Music - Long and Low Cloud, Funk and Flash, both by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue)

    • 51 min
    Episode 24: Sweet Talk with Joey Aloi, Appalachian Maple Syrup

    Episode 24: Sweet Talk with Joey Aloi, Appalachian Maple Syrup

    Aaron interviews Dr. Joey Aloi, director of the Appalachian Program and Assistant Professor at Future Generations University in West Virginia. They talk about a recent economic development project that created a regional maple syrup brand for Appalachian sugarmakers, and educates the public about all things maple. They also discuss the outsized impact maple syrup has on the regional economy and agritourism.

    To learn more, contact Joey at: joey.aloi@future.edu



    Episode Produced by Ailis Clyne.

    Music - Long and Low Cloud, Funk and Flash, both by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue)

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Ryeman22 ,

Love it!

Thank you for putting this together, I have been waiting for something like this for years! Awesome work, keep it up.
Nice to have pro’s with actual research results sharing such important information in this format. No more guessing about ideas we have had ;)

amyleighmckinnon ,

Interesting

Good for maple producers/sugarmakers. Keep it up, I need content to listen to while tapping. Thanks.

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