Welcome to NYS Maple Weekends 2017!
Every spring, the NYS Maple Producers Association invites you into their sugar houses to experience the world of pure New York State maple syrup, this year on the weekends of March 18-19 and 25-26. See free demonstrations, learn about the sap to syrup process and try delicious maple products.
In East Fishkill at Cronin's Maple Farm, dig into a Pancake Breakfast with bacon from 9am - 1pm. Watch the sawmill turn logs to lumber, plus see chainsaw carving and sample maple: cream, candy, nuts, popcorn, cotton candy and their Specialty Maple Bourbon. Open 9 am – 3 pm all four days. Call 845-226-3815
In Dover Plains, enjoy Maple Weekends at the home of Crown Maple Estate at Madava Farms, with free maple syrup and maple sugar tastings plus maple cotton candy - even maple popcorn! Learn where the syrup comes from with tapping demos and self-guided tours of their top-notch facility. Ask for recipes using Crown Maple inspired cocktails!
Enjoy a hike in their 800-acre woods with picturesque views, or toast a complimentary marshmallow around their patio fire pit. The Café serves up a special Maple Weekend menu. 10am-5pm daily. 47 McCourt Road, 12522. 845-877-0640.
Also is Dover Plains, Soukup Farms has been tapping trees since 1955! A third generation family farm, today the operation has more than 2,000 taps! They’ll celebrate from 10am to 4pm, with plenty of fun for the whole family. 271 Halls Corners Road,12522. 845-264-3137.
Soukup Farms provided these Maple Syrup Facts:
- It takes 40 to 50 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of maple syrup.
- A gallon of maple syrup weighs 11 pounds.
- Tapping a tree does no permanent damage to a maple tree, only 10% of sap is collected and many trees can be tapped for several decades.
- Each tap only produces 10 gallons of sap a year, yielding just one quart per tap.
- A maple season depends on the spring weather; producers want warm sunny days with cool freezing nights.
- Maple Syrup contains only 50 calories per tablespoon.
Maple Weekend offers a delicious, fun-filled outing that has a little something for all maple-lovers to taste and experience!
Maple Open House at Bowdoin Park
Come and learn the art of making maple syrup on Saturday, March 25th from 10am to 2pm. This is a free hands-on program, where participants are able to take part in different steps of the process from tapping the trees, to collecting the sap, and then boiling it down to syrup. Dutchess County Parks staff also explore Native American methods used to create maple sugar. You’ll learn about wooden containers, early tapping methods, fire by friction and rock boiling sap. Everyone will come away with a greater appreciation of the work that goes into making maple syrup, and why it was such an important part of early American life.
The DC Parks maple sugar shed will be operating throughout the day. Visit to learn about the modern process used to create maple syrup and to purchase some Bowdoin Park maple syrup. Make sure to have a taste of this special syrup while you’re there.
In addition to the events listed below, the history and nature exhibits within the education building will be open throughout the day. The ice skating rink and sledding hill will be open weather permitting (bring skates & sleds).
Education Center Quad Maple Sugar Shed
10:30 Early Maple Sugaring Techniques Making Maple Syrup
11:30 Fire by Friction Demonstration Making Maple Syrup
12:30 Early Maple Sugaring Techniques Making Maple Syrup
1:30 Fire by Friction Demonstration
Bowdoin Park is located at 85 Sheafe Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Call (845) 298-4602 for more info.