Maple Weekends in Dutchess County
Did you know that maple production in New York is among the highest in the United States? Join us for Maple Weekend on March 23rd and 24th as well as 30th and 31st to learn more fun facts about the sweet stuff! Here in Dutchess County, we have a handful of family-owned, high-quality maple syrup companies that look forward to educating you about the maple syrup making process, in addition to offering sugarhouse tours, family-friendly activities, tastings and more!
This third-generation family farm has been producing maple syrup since the 1950s. What started as a hobby, Soukup Farms now operates over 2,000 taps and sells, not only pure maple syrup, but a number of specialty products including hot sauce, mustard and candy. Maple Weekend allowed the Soukup family to welcome you on to their farm and create an educational and fun experience for the whole family! See the entire process of how maple syrup is made, from the tapping of trees to boiling sap and making syrup. Their sugarhouse offers a unique view of the maple syrup making process that you can see for yourself during Maple Weekends! Their schedule will be as follows:
March 23rd & 24th, 10am – 4pm
March 30th & 31st, 10am – 4pm
Join them as they share their entire maple syrup process, from tapping to boiling to bottling!
Looking to make a weekend getaway out of it? The Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn is offering a Maple Weekend Special for $185 plus tax! This offer will include, a one-night stay for 2 adults and 1 child in a Courtyard Room on the Delamater property. Brunch and a tour at Soukup Farms and a special maple treat for the child to take home. Find out more and contact The Beekman Arms today!
Cronin’s Maple Farm
For both Maple Weekends, Cronin Maple Farm will be serving a Pancake Breakfast and a delicious side of bacon! Breakfast will be served from 9am – 3pm at a price of $8 for adults and $4 for children. Additionally, the farm will be offering educational maple tours, demonstrating chainsaw carving and allowing visitors to sample their selection of specialty maple products. Don’t miss this opportunity to dive right into the thick of sugaring season at Cronin’s Maple Farm!
Crown Maple Estate
Attendees will get to trace the process of the estate-produced maple production from tree-to-table, and talk to maple production experts and get a behind-the-scenes view of the maple production process. Explore the organic maple farm, relax on the patio, enjoy our fire pit, and play some fun, family games on our front lawn or take a winter hike on our trails. Their retail store will be open showcasing a range of products, including crafted organic Crown Maple Syrups, new Maple Glazed Popcorn, Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette, Apple Cider Maple Vinegar, Signature Maple Sugar Pancake Mix, and so much more. Coffee, beer, wine and maple-infused cocktails will be available for purchase.
Please note, the Crown Maple Estate experience is a bit different these days, as the space will be limited and they will not be operating our café. There will be few food options, and there are possible plans of a food truck. Seating will also be limited.
The Fresh Air Fund Maple Farm
First and foremost, The Fresh Air Fund is a wonderful organization serving New York City children from low-income communities. Here is Dutchess County, we welcome these children into our community to spend two weeks at one of the five overnight camps in Fishkill, allowing them to partake in outdoor summer adventures. One of these camps includes Sharpe Reservation, where they will be hosting this year’s 16th Annual Sugar Maple Celebration! The event is free and will offer a number of activities to enjoy, including a maple sugaring demonstration, nature discovery room, planetarium, live animal show, local crafts, live music and the annual Maple Syrup Judging Contest. The celebration will take place during Maple Weekend on Saturday, March 23rd from 10am – 4pm.
Last but most certainly not least, Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls will be hosting a Maple Open House on March 23rd from 10am – 2pm. Participants can take part in a hands-on learning experience about the art of making maple syrup and engage in the different steps of the maple syrup process from tapping the trees to collecting the sap and boiling it down to syrup. Native American methods for creating maple sugar will also be explored.
The Maple Open House schedule is as follows:
Education Center Quad Maple Sugar Shed
10:30am Early Maple Sugaring Techniques Making Maple Syrup
11:30am Fire by Friction Demonstration Making Maple Syrup
12:30pm Early Maple Sugaring Techniques Making Maple Syrup
1:30pm Fire by Friction Demonstration
Activities will be held in Bowdoin Park’s Maple Sugar Shed and the Education Center Quad. The Maple Sugar Shed will be open throughout the day with demonstrations of how maple syrup is made. Maple syrup will also be available for tasting and purchase during the event. For more information about Maple Weekend, visit the New York State Maple Weekend website here.