That maple syrup you pour on your pancakes probably didn’t come from Connecticut, but it could have. Although it has nowhere near the syrup production of Vermont, Connecticut is among the top 10 maple syrup-producing states in the country, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report on the 2016 syrup season.
The Northeastern Region’s maple syrup production totaled 3.78 million gallons in 2016, up 27% from the previous year. Vermont is the top maple state, producing 47.3% of the country’s maple syrup, a record high production.
There were a total of 10.8 million taps in the Northeastern Region — Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont — 86% of all taps in the nation.
Connecticut accounted for 86,000 taps for a total production of 19,000 gallons of syrup. Of the states named in the report, Connecticut trailed behind the other northeastern states as well as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio, but topped Indiana, Minnesota, and West Virginia.
A total 4,207,000 gallons of maple syrup was produced in the country this year, up from 3,434,000 last year.