Have you noticed it this week? That ever so small and nearly imperceptible shift in temperature that makes you think, OMG, spring might actually happen this year?! It's true, spring is right around the corner, and along with it here in Upstate New York is Maple Weekend! We tried it for the first time last year (at Maple Valley Farm, click here to see photos) and can't wait to do it again. Just 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.
- At Mapleland Farms in Salem their Open House Weekends are March 21, 22, 28 & 29. Join them each Saturday and Sunday for a hearty, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, served from 9am to 1 pm. They will be open each day until 4pm for tastings and tours of their sugaring operation including their NEW woodswalk.
- Dry Brook Sugar House in Salem serves a Pancake Breakfast featuring fresh hot maple syrup. Join them for the last two weekends of March, (March 21 & 22, 28 & 29) where they will be serving a pancake breakfast and also vanilla ice cream topped with warm maple syrup. They will have their products for sale, there will be horse drawn wagon rides (weather permitting) and they will also be giving tours of the maple syrup making process.
- At Maple Valley Farm in Corinth they are having a Maple Weekend Open House on March 28 & 29th, 10-4. Located at 84 Harris Road in Corinth. Admission to the farm is always free and includes a free hayride to tour the sugar house. While on the farm visit Ron-Ron the Mountain Man he is a favorite of kids and adults. Always free is the kids play area and the Honey Bee Theater playing "The Bee Movie". New this year is MaryJane from Suds 'n' Stuff making maple soap, Ralph Seaman an ole time rope maker and Chris Jones a master craftsman making his beautiful hardwood bowls. They have moved the food area to a separate tent and increased their grill space to 8 feet to keep the lines moving. They offer a Pancake breakfast, Hot Dogs and Hamburg and other tasty treats. They even have Dream Catcher Farm with their mini petting zoo and $ pony rides.