ADIRONDACK REGION, NY – As spring temperatures begin to rise in late February and early March, Maple trees and sugar bushes become a hive of activity. In Northern New York, when sap begins to drip through sugaring lines, it’s a sure sign that Adirondack maple sugaring season has begun.
Maple Syrup is called “liquid gold” in the Adirondacks – and New York State Maple Weekends in March offer visitors and residents alike the opportunity to taste the delicious nectar in all its forms.
The 16th Annual Maple Weekend is scheduled from March 17-18 and 24-25. Locations include:
- The Adirondack Coast’s Parker’s Family Maple Farm is a fifth generation maple operation. Take a horse drawn wagon ride, enjoy a pancake breakfast, take a tour and make maple cream and candy. Kids will enjoy the farm’s small petting zoo. Brow’s Sugarhouse will be open for free tours during Maple Weekend.
- In the Adirondack Lakes Region, Friend Maple Products offers horse drawn wagon rides to the sugarbush, and samples of maple candy, ice cream and raffles. At Woods Maple Products, tours and boiling demos are scheduled.
- Tour and taste around the Adirondack Tughill Region at Golden Maple Shanty, Pierce’s Sugar Spigot, Wayne & Glenn Zehr and Swiss’er Sweet Maple.
- For a true Adirondack experience, Speculator’s McComb’s Oak Hill Farm staff will demonstrate tree tapping techniques and sap boiling.
- From Fine-n-Dandy in Norwood, to Rutley Maple Farms in Potsdam, the Adirondack Seaway’s list of maple festivities are sure to delight any sweet tooth. Don’t miss a stop at Woody’s Maple, The Orebed Sugar Shack or Sweeter Creations Sugar House for more maple events.
- Lake George area maple festivities include a Winter Farmer’s Market, Sap to Syrup Maple Sugar Basics at Up Yonda Farm and town-wide sugaring demos and pancake breakfasts in Thurman.
- Lake Placid’s Cornell University Uihlein Forest will provide guided tours of the entire syrup process, from sugarbush to sugarhouse