The Upper Hudson Maple Producers Association will once again host two Maple Open House Weekends, March 16-17 and March 23-24, allowing the public to take a free tour of area sugarhouses and see maple syrup made firsthand.
for complete information about the event.
"We're inviting area families to come and experience firsthand the sights, smells and sounds of maple sugar making," said David Campbell, a Salem producer and president of the Upper Hudson Maple Producers Association.
"The event has been so successful, we have expanded it to two weekends, giving folks more opportunity to come visit sugarhouses," he said.
Signs will be placed along roadsides over the course of the weekend to direct motorists to the sugarhouses. The sugarhouses will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Most sugarhouses will offer samples and demonstrations. Many of the locations will be serving pancake breakfasts as well.
Sugarhouses participating in the event are located throughout Washington, Warren, Saratoga, Rensselaer, Fulton and Montgomery Counties.
The sugarhouses are:
Dry Brook Sugar House, Salem, (518) 854-3955
Frasier's Sugar Shack, St. Johnsville, (518) 568-7438
Grottoli's Maple, Middle Granville, (518) 642-2856
Hidden Hollow Maple Farm, Inc., Warrensburg, (518) 623-9406
Highland Maple Farm, Argyle, (518) 638-8586
Kent's Sugar House, Berlin, (518) 658-2134
Maple Valley Farm, Corinth, (518) 654-9752
Mapleland Farms, Salem, (518) 854-7669
McComb's Oak Hill Farm, Speculator, (518) 548-6105
Mud Road Sugar House, Ephratah, (518) 863-6313
Nightingale's Maple Farm, Amsterdam, (518) 882-9334
Peaceful Valley Maple Farms, Johnstown, (518) 762-0491
Rathbun's Maple Sugar House, Whitehall, (518) 642-1799
Sugar Mill Farm LLC, Greenwich, (518) 692-2486
Toad Hill Maple Farm, Thurman, (518) 623-4744
Valley Road Maple Farm, Thurman, (518) 623-9783
Wild Hill Maple, Salem, (518) 854-7272
A tree tapping ceremony to kick off the event will be held on Friday, March 15, at 12:30 p.m. at Rathbun's Maple Sugar House in Whitehall, with State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine and local officials participating.
Maple season generally runs from now through the end of March. The Upper Hudson region is among the biggest syrup-producing areas in New York state.
The Upper Hudson Maple Producers Association is a trade organization representing maple producers in Washington, Warren, Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton and Rensselaer Counties. To find more information about local
Sugar making and maple recipes, go to www.upperhudsonmaple.com