Nov. 8 and 9, 2019 marks the eighth anniversary of the Lake Erie Maple Expo. Since its beginning in 2012, LEME has become one of the most talked about maple tradeshows in the country. The purpose of a maple expo is to inform and inspire those who attend. One of the keys to the show’s success is the ability to build a program that caters to the needs of the producer. It has provided valuable information that has inspired producers to do a better job of making syrup.
The Friday morning workshop schedule will Include Steve Childs, New York Maple Specialist and OSU Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Coordinator Les Ober presenting a workshop on Trouble Shooting A Maple Vacuum Tubing System. Returning this year is Vermont maple expert Glenn Goodrich on Managing a Sugarhouse. There will be a workshop on Maple Confections and Value Added Products with James Miller and Jake Moser. For the beginner, Laura Dengler and Mark Lewis will explore the basics of maple production. Rounding out the workshop program will be a tour of the newly opened Riverside Brewing Company where owner and local maple producer Jason Howles has found interesting ways to incorporate maple into his new brewery. All the workshops will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. The workshop registration fee is $35 including lunch. This is a separate fee from the $20 Friday evening fee and $40 Friday and Saturday fee. The doors to the Maple Trade Show Friday will open at 5 p.m.
The Saturday program is loaded with over 35 concurrent sessions held throughout the day. Seminars will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Presenting this year, from the Cornell Maple Program, Steve Childs, Aaron Wightman and Dr. Peter Smalidge. Steve will give an overview of the latest maple research and demonstrate new maple value added products. Aaron will present the latest research using dissolved oxygen to overcome end-of-the-season syrup problems. Peter will talk about improving your sugarbush by thinning and controlling invasive species. One of the highlights of every LEME are the programs presented by Vermont Maple Producers Glenn and Ruth Goodrich. Glen’s topic this year will be Automating the Sugarhouse and Ruth will whip up a delightful maple value added product. Environmental change and its possible effect on the maple Industry is of great concern. In 2018, West Virginia hosted the Southern Syrups Research Symposium addressing this topic. The man behind the symposium was Dr. Mike Rechlin, maple expert from West Virginia. Mike will share a few highlights from the SSRS and some of what he has learned while producing syrup south of the Mason Dixon Line. Pennsylvania has a new Maple Specialist, Scott Weikert. In his inaugural year at the LEME, Scott will be teaching Beginner Maple and Tapping Techniques. In addition, there will be many local producers and industry representatives presenting a wide variety of topics.
Registration information is available online at NW PA Maple Producers Website, www.pamaple.org.