GRANVILLE, Mass. (WWLP) – State officials visited Maple Corner Farm in Granville to declare March as Maple Month in Massachusetts.

The season officially began Friday as state officials tap the ceremonial first tree of the season at Maple Corner Farm in Granville, and read a proclamation from Governor Maura Healey declaring March to be Maple Month in Massachusetts.

“We always look forward to this event, as it’s a way to recognize and highlight the maple industry, and the hard work that went into the maple production,” said Ashley Randle, incoming Commissioner of Agricultural Resources.

According to Massachusetts Maple Producers Association, sugar makers are catching early runs and making their first batches of pure maple syrup. There are more than 300 sugar makers in the state who produce more than 70,000 gallons of syrup. Many starting as early as January due to climate change, technology improvements and adaptive management practices.

“We actually started tapping in the last week in January. About the second week in February, we got going, made about 600 gallons of maple syrup so far this year,” said Leon Ripley, owner of Maple Corner Farm.

Since 1840, eight generations of the Ripley Family have been maple sugaring at Maple Corner Farm located at 794 Beech Hill Road in Granville. They also offer hay, pick-your-own blueberries, Hereford Cattle, and wood and other forest products. Cross-country skiing is also available to visitors.

Maple weekend will be taking place on March 18th and 19th when you can learn more about the maple sugaring process. Visit for a list of participating sugarhouses.