WKTV Utica with Katrina Smith
Sugarbush tours, sap boiling demonstrations, tasting sweet syrup and all kinds of maple confections made by Lewis County maple producers, pancake breakfast and American Maple Museum await 2017 Maple Weekends enthusiasts from 10 am to 4 pm on March 18-19 & 25-26, 2017.
Visitors to the Lewis County sugarhouses participating will see the diversity of maple operations from buckets collected by horse-drawn sled to modern vacuum tubing systems that bring sap from the trees right into the sugarhouse. Some producers may be demonstrating how they boil syrup, bottle syrup, and make sugarcakes, maple cream, cotton candy, and other delicious confections.
Drive-yourself visitors can follow the Lewis County Maple Trail app to visit all participating sugarhouses. The web-based mobile app developed by the Lewis County Maple Producers Association and Lewis County Planning Department is Android and I-Phone-friendly and works without cell phone reception. Waypoint and GPS features enhance usability of the app available for download by clicking the Adirondack Tug Hill Region image on the right.
Some sugarhouse sites are not open on Sundays; some are only open one of the Maple Weekends. Many of the Lewis County maple producers and others statewide are open throughout the maple syrup season. Check online or call ahead to be sure the sites of your choice are open.
“Maple Weekends are a great family activity that offers the opportunity to learn how producers turn the sap of a maple tree into North Country confections that draws visitors back year after year,” says
Lewis County Maple Producer, Nadeen Lyndaker.
MORE INFORMATION on EACH MAPLE WEEKEND SITE:
- The American Maple Museum and North American Maple Hall of Fame, 9756 State Route 812, Croghan,315-346-1107 - Founded 1977, 3 floors of heritage from Native Americans to modern, opens in May for tourist season. The museum will be serving pancake breakfast and maple coffee each Maple Weekend day from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm. The museum is open 7:00am to 4:00 pm with three floors of exhibits, accessible by elevator, with sugaring and logging antique equipment, maple containers and sugar molds, a gift shop and Maple Queen Room.
- Moser’s Maple, 9609 Croghan Reservoir Road, Croghan, 315-486-7933.
Founded 1904, original sugarhouse 1912. See modern equipment operation.
World Maple Festival awards. Moser's Maple developed an original recipe and trademarked Moser’s Maple Mini’s, the first high production hard candy made in the U.S. with real maple syrup. Visitors to Moser’s Maple sugarhouse will see sap ladders that carry sap 18 feet overhead from the woods into the sugarhouse.
- Nearly two dozen family members across four generations and lots of friends make syrup at Moser’s Mapleridge Farm, 3981 Wilson Road, Copenhagen, 315-688-2158 -
Established 1981. 6,000-plus taps on buckets. Wood-fired
evaporator/piggyback. Sells retail and bulk. The family business that also includes sugarmaking equipment sales will be open on Saturdays only each weekend, offering horse-drawn tours of their woods, snow shoes to try, and tasting.
- Pierce’s Sugar Spigot, 11603 State Route 812, Croghan,346-6341 -
Sugarhouse built 2004; three generations w/40-plus years of maple
experience; make lots of confections. Pierce's offer guided sugarbush tours and is a confections extravaganza in the sugarhouse with maple syrup, sugarcakes, cream, butter, lollipops, cotton candy, and maple-coated peanuts and snocones. Wax on snow will be a treat for 2016, if snow is available.
- Swiss’er Sweet Maple, 6242 Swiss Road, Croghan, 315-346-1034 - New
sugarhouse 1997, 100+ year old maple business plus Adirondack (maple)
Container Company. Swiss'er Sweet Maple was the first sugarmaker in Lewis County to open for Maple Weekends 15 years ago. Jason and Barbara Zehr operate the 100-plus-year-old family business known for its maple and maple walnut cream cheeses and as home of the Adirondack Containers for syrup and maple cream.
One Lewis County Maple Weekend site, Yancey’s Sugarbush will be open only the second weekend of March 25-26.
- Horse-drawn teams bring sap down the road to the sugarhouse at Yancey’s Sugarbush, Croghan/Belfort, 315-346-6356 . Yancey's was established in 1844 in the Belfort woods outside Croghan - all but 1 year in Civil War,
dairy-maple operation with buckets and horse-drawn wagons/sleds. Some of their maples are more than 250 years old. Ask Haskell Yancey about his young sweet trees.
Last updated March 17, 2017