When I was young, I loved reading the section in Little House on the Prairie where Laura’s family would tap the maple trees, collect the sap and make maple syrup. After it was boiled down, they’d collect clean, fresh snow and pour the syrup on it, making maple sugar candy. It makes my mouth water just to think about it.
Today, at hundreds of locations across New York State, maple syrup is still made that way. New York State uses 1.48 million taps to produce about 20% of the syrup made in the U.S. Only Canada and Vermont produce more.
Anyone who loves maple syrup will want to join in the festivities when, on March 21-22 and 28-29, over 100 Maple Syrup producers across the state will celebrate the season with their Annual Maple Weekend, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Most will be demonstrating how they tap the trees and collect the sap to produce maple syrup and other products. Some will be holding pancake breakfasts and offering other fun activities such as hayrides, and all should have delicious maple syrup for sale!
CLICK HERE for a list of participating maple syrup producers located near you.
CLICK HERE for locations offering pancake breakfasts.
Not included in these lists is the Annual Maple Weekend Event offered at Genesee Country Village and Museum which runs the same weekends and which also offers activities and a pancake breakfast. Admission is: family $25/$15 members; adults $7/$6 members; youth ages 4-16 $5/$4.25; children 3 and younger are free. The pancake breakfast, which will be served at the Meeting Center, is $7 for adults, $5 youth ages 5-10; and $1 for children 2-4.