Mills visits Dresden’s Goranson Farm for Maine Maple Sunday
To celebrate Maine Maple Sunday, Governor Janet Mills and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Amanda Beal visited the Goranson Farm in Dresden on March 27. They toured the farm and sugar shack with owners Jan Goranson and Rob Johanson. After honoring the day with a special Maine maple sundae, Mills expressed his gratitude to the Goranson Farm family and all maple growers in the state.
“Maine Maple Sunday Weekend is a time for all of us to celebrate the world-class products – and people – that make Maine unique. Our iconic maple syrup industry supports hundreds of jobs, strengthens our economy and sets us apart nationally,” said Mills. . “It was great to celebrate two of these world-class individuals who contribute so much to our state’s maple syrup industry over a maple sundae made in Maine! I hope all Maine families were able to celebrate our maple syrup and our maple syrup producers this weekend.”
“It was wonderful to see people celebrating Maine maple and supporting Goranson Farm today,” Beal said. “Maple growers across the state create many delicious maple products, including maple syrup, which is a great contribution to our state’s culture and economy.
“We love celebrating the first agricultural harvest of the year in Maine and hosting the event on our family farm. It’s so important for people to see where and learn how food is produced and grown,” said Goranson. “My mother and father started the farm, and it brings us joy to share this experience with everyone, and having Governor Mills and Commissioner Beal with us today was a particular pleasure.
Each year, maple syrup contributes approximately $55 million in production, over 800 full and part-time jobs, and over $26 million in labor income to Maine’s economy. Maine is the third largest producer of maple syrup in the United States
Maple syrup producers nationwide have been grappling with price cuts, event cancellations and restaurant closures during the pandemic. Mills has dedicated federal coronavirus relief funds to Maine maple growers through its Agriculture and Food Processing Infrastructure Reimbursement Programhttps://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/mills-administration-dedicates-10-million-new-program-assist-maine-food-and-agriculture> to support maple syrup producers in Maine. Mills also asked the USDA to designate maple syrup as an eligible specialty crop for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/maple-syrup-producers-eligible-covid-19-financial-relief-following-advocacy-maine-delegation>. They agreed and made maple sap an eligible commodity for essential economic assistance payments.