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 the Specialty Maple Bourbon. Open 9 am – 3 pm all four days. 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 the 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!
14th Sugar Maple Celebration in Fishkill on March 18th
Discover the wonders of Sharpe Reservation and celebrate the 14th annual Fresh Air Fund’s Sugar Maple Celebration on March 18th from 10am – 4pm! Festivities include planetarium shows, live animal shows, storytelling by a local Master Storyteller, dozens of demonstrations from wood carving to blacksmithing, field games, and a children's nature and craft discovery center. Admission is free. Local food and crafts from Hudson Valley vendors, and lunch, are available for purchase (all sales are cash only).
Taking center stage mid-day, the Maple Syrup Contest draws crowds for the blind taste-testing of maple syrup from operations around the region. Winner of the annual competition earns the coveted title of "Best in the Hudson Valley".
See a schedule of activities or call 845-897-4320; co-sponsored by The New York State Outdoor Education Association. The Fresh Air Fund's Sharpe Reservation has 2,000 acres of beautiful land with lakes, ponds, streams and hiking trails. It hosts five summer camps, where 3,000 children get a break from city life each summer. 436 Van Wyck Lake Road in Fishkill.