Even though it still feels like the dead of winter, spring really is making some headway. We now have over 12 hours of daylight and Maine Maple Sunday is happening this weekend. Nearly 100 Maine sugarhouses open to the public this Sunday, March 23, as part of Maine Maple Sunday. The annual event, held every fourth Sunday in the month of March, will take place for the 31st time. Participating sugarhouses will be open for visitors to enjoy freshly made maple syrup and candy, demonstrations of syrup production, sugarbush tours and a variety of other family activities.

Maine has the third largest maple industry in the United States.

- Maine's maple industry is characterized by a relatively small number of farms accounting for the vast majority of syrup that is produced.

- Maine's licensed maple syrup producers have been in operation an average of 24 years, and many of the farms span multiple generations.

- Maine's maple industry-which counts the licensed producers and sales at retail food stores and businesses impacted by Maine Maple Sunday-generates 567 full- and part-time jobs and $17.3 million in labor income.

Some sugarhouses will hold events on both Saturday and Sunday. For a list and map of participating sugarhouses, visit the Maine Maple Producers Association website.