Maple Weekend gives people the chance to learn about how maple syrup and other maple products are made, taste maple products and meet their producers, experience different New York family traditions of making maple products and learn how to cook and bake with maple products.

Maple enthusiasts across New York state will be happy to know that the 22nd annual NYS Maple Weekend is here.

For the event organized and sponsored by the state Maple Producers Association, more than 160 farms, sugarhouses and museums will be participating in pancake breakfasts, farm tours, tastings and samplings of maple products and much more. Seven farms and sugarhouses within 20 miles of Canandaigua will be participating in the maple festivities Saturday and Sunday and March 25-26: Stoney Ridge Farms in Palmyra, Schoff’s Sugar Shack in Victor, Kettle Ridge Farm in Victor, Packard Valley Farms in Macedon, Schiek’s Maple Products in Penn Yan, Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple Farm in Naples and Sugarbush Hollow in Wayland.

Maple weekend began in 1995 as a single “Maple Sunday.” Since then, it has become a four-day event that spans over two weekends. Maple Weekend gives people the chance to learn about how maple syrup and other maple products are made, taste maple products and meet their producers, experience different New York family traditions of making maple products, and learn how to cook and bake with maple products.

“Maple Weekend is really to educate the public about where the maple is coming from and why it is so costly, because of the amount of work that goes into it and the equipment involved,” said Bobbi Wohlschlegel, owner of Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple Farm.

Her family’s farm will be participating with a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., including all-you-can-eat pancakes, and tours of the farm and sugarhouse, including plenty of free samples. The pancake breakfast is $7 for adults and children over 12, $5 for children 8-12 and $3 for children younger than 8.

“It’s also an open house, so you can come and just go on tours both inside and outside and do tastings,” Wohlschlegel said. “You don’t have to buy a thing. You can take the hike and go to each station in the sugarhouse and be tasting and get your fill that way. It’s just a great family outing.”

Joe Hurley, owner of Kettle Ridge Farm, said his farm will offer free samples of different grades of maple, group hikes through the sugarbush and sugarhouse, tours through their mushroom log yard, honeybee apiary and chicken “chunnel” — a wire cage in the shape of a tunnel that chickens do races through in September. With the 2 feet of snow that was just dumped on Western New York, Hurley said it may be a little challenging to make your way around, but it’s still worth the trip. He also suggested bringing snowshoes.

“With the weather being a big factor, it makes it a little more difficult to get around the woods, but it’s beautiful,” Hurley said.

Times for tours and events are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for most, but can vary from farm to farm. For more information about locations, times and activities, visit nysmaple.com.

 

If you go

WHAT 22nd annual NYS Maple Weekend 

WHERE Seven area farms and sugarhouses are participating — Stoney Ridge Farms in Palmyra, Schoff’s Sugar Shack in Victor, Kettle Ridge Farm in Victor, Packard Valley Farms in Macedon, Schiek’s Maple Products in Penn Yan, Wohlschlegel’s  Naples Maple Farm in Naples and Sugarbush Hollow in Wayland.

WHEN Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19 and March 25-26. Times for tours and events are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for most but can vary from farm to farm.

WEB nysmaple.com