Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mapleing, rite of winter, open to the public

The weather may have been erratic for the past few winters, but one thing that has remained predictable is the sugar mapleing season.

The Upper Hudson Maple Producers Association is taking advantage of that to hold its annual Maple Open House Weekend, this year set for two sessions -- March 16-17 and 23-24 -- at 19 venues stretching over several six New York counties and one Massachusetts site.

Among activities will be tree-tapping demonstrations; sap boiling for syrup creation; sampling of maple sugars, syrups and candies, plus demonstrations of the use of both traditional and state of the art mapleing systems.

New York is the third largest maple producing state in the nation.

Scheduled to participate in the weekends (directions and event details available online):

RENSSELAER COUNTY 

Kent’s Sugar House, Berlin

FULTON COUNTY 

Frasier Sugar Shack, Johnsville
Mud Road Sugar House, Ephrata
Peaceful Valley Maple Farms, Johnston

SARATOGA COUNTY 

Maple Valley Farm, Corinth
Nightingale’s Maple Farm, Galway

WASHINGTON COUNTY 

Dry Brook Sugar House, Salem
Grottoli’s Maple, Middle Granville
Highland Maple Farm, Argyle
Mapleland Farms, Argyle
Rascher’s Sugar House, Shushan
Rathbun’s Maple Sugar House and Restaurant, Granville
Sugar Mill Farm, Greenwich
Wild Hill Maple, Salem

WARREN COUNTY 

Adirondack Gold Maple Farm, Thurman
Toad Hill Maple Farm, Thurman
Valley Road Maple Farm, Thurman

HAMILTON COUNTY

McComb’s Oak Hill Maple Farm, Speculator

MASSACHUSETTS 

Ioka Valley Farm, Hancock

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