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Finally, a sign of spring: Maple Weekend is here

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Looking for that real sign of spring? Don't look out the window. New York's first crop of 2014 is coming in. The sugar shanties will be going full bore this weekend for the state's official Maple Weekend. There are some celebrations around the region and plenty of places to taste the freshest maple syrup.

New York is the country's second biggest producer of the sweet nectar, behind Vermont. Producers will put out more than 2 million taps this spring.

New York's Acting Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball spoke with David Sommerstein. He says it's the time to celebrate a tradition and an economic driver.

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Ball says producers are nervous about the late winter. "Normally in our neighborhood, we’ve been tapping for a little while here, but people are still optimistic," Ball says. "I know some people are fearful that it’ll be a short season and come to an abrupt halt. So far, our neighbors are cautious."

Hear David Sommerstein's full conversation with Richard Ball.

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