Do This as a Family: Maple Weekends

mapleJust like apple picking once fall hits and cutting down your own Christmas tree, Maple Weekends are right up there for a great family outing where you can get out there in the fresh air that also has the promise of something sweet and delicious as a treat. During Maple Weekend, producers from across the state welcome families to their farms to experience firsthand how real, mouth-watering maple syrup and other related products are made. You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York's freshest maple syrup and purchase your favorite maple products. Click here to visit the NY Maple Weekend website which has tons of listings for places to visit, as well as a listing of the places that offer pancake breakfasts. There are a few different options for a Maple Weekend day trip this coming weekend that aren't too far away (and are also a very pretty drive to boot):

  • At Mapleland Farms in Salem you can join them on Saturday or Sunday for a hearty pancake breakfast served from 9am to 1 pm. They serve an all-you-can eat breakfast of sausage, pancake and farm fresh syrup right off the evaporator. They will be open each day until 4 pm for tastings and tours of their sugaring operation. Tours are free, and the breakfast cost is based on age.
  • Dry Brook Sugar House also in Salem serves a Pancake Breakfast featuring fresh hot maple syrup. They also offer horse drawn sleigh / wagon rides (weather permiting).
  • At Maple Valley Farm in Corinth they are having a Maple Weekend Celebration this Saturday and Sunday, March 29th and 30th. Located at 84 Harris Road in Corinth they will be boiling syrup and giving sugar house tours, hayrides, Dan Dan the Mountain Man, the bee hive display and the play area for kids. They have maple, honey products, Adirondack pictures, Handmade wood bowl and wood products for sale as well. They will have their famous pancake breakfast with very fresh warm maple syrup on both days as well! Call them at (518) 654-9752 for info and directions.

Want to stay closer to home? On Saturday, March 29th at 2 pm head to Saratoga Spa State Park for their Maple Syrup Workshop where the whole family can discover why sap flows out of the trees and how to make maple syrup. Learn about the history and science behind maple tapping, as well as the process of making maple syrup. Samples will be available in limited quantities and the event is appropriate for all ages. Registration is required, and the fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.