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Costs, not prices, up for sugarmakers

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by Matthew Wilson

It was a generally sweet season for sugarmakers.  Many report that production was fair at minimum despite a chaotic season.  Maple producers got more than one good run of sap between winter squalls, with some able to see some action a bit earlier than usual.  The sour aspect for some is a lower price producers are getting for their golden goods, making margin expense and income a little thinner this year.

“It’s become a commodity, so it’s like gasoline,” Jesse Coe, the president of the Orleans County Maple Association, said. He sells syrup from Sunnyside Maples in Orleans.  Mr. Coe said that some buyers are paying more and some are paying less, with several factors at play.

“I think it is a little bit of an unknown this year,” he said….

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