Pancakes anyone?! How about pancakes with the freshest maple syrup you can get? Maple Weekend is coming up and I've got the scoop on what it is and where to go.
Maple Weekend, which is organized by the New York State Maple Producers Association, began in 1995 in Western New York as “Maple Sundays.” The goal of the weekends was to educate the public about New York’s maple farming processes and traditions and to provide a chance to taste pure maple syrup in its many forms - right from the source.
Maple Weekend happens all across New York State, at approximately 160 farms, museums and other sites. This year there are two chances to experience Maple Weekend: March 19-20 and April 2-3, 10am to 4pm each day at most locations.
Tours and product samples are offered at most sites free of charge and below you will find a listing of the participating Maple Weekend farms that are close to us here in Saratoga.
Dry Brook Sugar House: Chambers Road, Salem (518) 854-3955
They will be serving hot, delicious pancakes from 8am until about 2pm on both weekends and will also be serving vanilla ice cream topped with steaming maple syrup until 4 pm! Horse drawn wagon rides will also be offered, free of charge and weather permitting. Visit them on facebook here to stay in the loop.
Maple Valley Farm: 84 Harris Road in Corinth (518) 654-9752 firstname.lastname@example.org
They are only holding their Open House on April 2nd and 3rd from 10am-4pm both days. There is no admission charge. Enjoy their hayride or carefree walk to the Sugar House, and see for yourself how Maple Syrup is made. They offer a Pancake Breakfast with sausage and their warm Maple Syrup and Maple Cotton Candy to take home. They also have Dan, Dan the Mountain Man, Ralph the old fashion Rope Maker, their Farm's Honey Bee display, a small play area for the kids and much more!
Mapleland Farms: 525 Bunker Hill Road in Salem (518) 854-7669 or (518) 796-3597 email@example.com
They will be having an all you can eat pancake breakfast for both weekends from 9am - 1pm both days ($7.50 adults, $3.50 kids, and under 5 - free); and free tours, including a guided walk through their sugarbush, and tastings until 4pm. Find them on facebook here.
Sugar Mill Farm LLC: 2469 State Route 29 in Greenwich (518) 692-2486 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and learn the process of making syrup from sap collection in the woods to boiling into the final product. It is just a few steps to reach their woods, where they show and explain their sap collection process. From the woods, walk over to the sugarhouse to see their new evaporator in operation. They make a full range of maple products: cream, candy, maple vinegar, jelly and a customer favorite, maple cotton candy. They also raise their own grass-fed beef, which is available in a variety of cuts including roasts, bulk burger, & steaks. Start your visit with a pancake breakfast! Pancake Breakfast Menu: all-you-can-eat pancakes. Also sausage, tea, coffee, milk and of course fresh maple syrup! Pancake Breakfast Prices: $6. They will be open for both the Maple Weekends this year.
Since some of these participating Maple Weekend have options that are weather dependent make sure to check with them before you visit and visit Maple Weekend on facebook here to stay in the loop. To see photos from our Maple Weekend experience click here.