March 13, 2011

Maple season a time that all can enjoy

Maple Weekend is coming. And this year it's so big that it's two weekends, March 19 and 20 and March 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.

Regional member producers of the New York State Maple Producers Association invite you to come and see how their delicious maple products are produced and to sample and take home some of the best-tasting maple syrup in the world — pure New York maple syrup.

Maple-syrup production has long been a thriving tradition in Northern New York. As homeowners tap and set buckets on yard and roadside trees, and farmers and landowners tap trees in pastures and forests, the sweet smell of boiling maple sap signals the arrival of spring as it has for many generations.

Maple syrup production is a time-honored practice, a popular hobby and an increasingly important part of farming to many hard-working North Country families. Well-established maple producers turn out hundreds of gallons of quality maple syrup of exceptional flavor using the latest equipment, machinery and tools. And because of their hard work, we can all enjoy the finest quality syrup, cream, sugar and candy — products they take great pride in producing.

Each maple sugar producing family's situation is unique, as are their values and their operations. Nonetheless, these families are united by a shared commitment to quality, self-sufficiency, sustainable forestry and environmental stewardship.

Please feel welcome to visit one or more of these family-run sugarbushes and experience first hand how sugar maple trees are tapped and sap is collected and boiled into pure, delicious maple syrup. Weather permitting, you'll be able to watch the sap-to-syrup process unfold right before your eyes.

Clinton County

Brow's Sugarhouse, 89 Sugarbush Drive, West Chazy, 493-5683, open March 19, 20, 26, 27. Take a free tour of the sugarhouse to see how delicious maple products are made. Bring the camera, ask questions and try samples.

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