As major league baseball playoffs get underway today, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are each putting their home state's food where their mouth is. The senators wagered on the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees series that begins Sept. 30 in New York, with each senator backing the senator's home team.
If the Tigers win the series, Schumer will provide Stabenow a case of Crown Maple Syrup made in New York.
If the Yankees prevail, Schumer wins a case of American Spoon fruit preserves made in Michigan.
"With the Yankees set to roll over the Tigers, it's a shame Stabenow won't get to sample the 'Chateau Lafite-Rothscild' of maple syrup," said Schumer. "I had the privilege of sampling Crown Maple earlier this year, and you won't find better maple syrup anywhere else around. I look forward to my assortment of jams and spreads from American Spoon, and watching the Yankees march closer to their 28th world championship."
Crown Maple Farm is in Dutchess County, N.Y., and is a state-of-the-art maple tapping and production facility. Crown Maple Farm is owned and managed by Robb and Lydia Turner and is part of Madava Estates. The farm and production facility is in the Hudson River Valley, and the 800-acre property contains thousands of sugar and red maples that produce an ideal sap for maple sugaring.
Crown Maple has 450,000 lineal feet in place for lines of operation that will feed the sap into the collection "sugarhouse" and production facility. When sap is collected, in the sugarhouse, it meets the green, organic production techniques to produce pure maple syrup. Through this technique, Crown Maple creates .6 gallons of syrup per gallon of sap, — about three times more than is produced using more standard techniques.