March 15, 2013

Sweets in store on maple weekends


PLATTSBURGH — Jamie Rogers looks forward to Maple Weekend because of the visitors who come to Heaven Hill Farm to learn about making maple products.

Rogers, who oversees the sugaring operations at the nonprofit Lake Placid farm, said this is the first year they have publicly advertised participation in Maple Weekend.

They last took part three years ago, when 150 people showed up, he said.


The New York State Maple Producers Association’s annual Maple Weekend is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and also next, March 23 and 24.

Sugar houses around the state invite the public to see their operations, sample their products and offer other activities, such as horse-drawn wagon rides and hands-on experience making syrup.

The Adirondack Region produces a third of New York state’s maple syrup, according to an association press release.

Rogers said Heaven Hill Farm benefits most by reaching out to the community through the event, as they get a chance to teach people about the process of making maple products.

This year, they will participate for two Saturdays rather than on Sundays, he said.


At Brow’s Sugarhouse in West Chazy, owned by Wayne Brow and his son, Mark, visitors can enjoy samples of maple products and tours.

Wayne said the turnout for Maple Weekend is always good, and it benefits the business because people who try their samples can turn into customers.

Bill Wood, owner of Woods Maple Products, said that when the weather is cold, he does not get a large turnout for Maple Weekend; more tend to turn out when the weather is favorable.

The forecast for this weekend is for temperatures in the 30s and partly sunny skies.

“Hopefully, people will come to our operation, which I am very proud of,” Wood said.


Events take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, this week and next, unless otherwise noted.

Homestead Maple: 1075 Lake Shore Road, Chazy, 846-3192. Hobby pans for the backyard sugar maker, do-it-yourself maple soda demo, maple cream. 

1812 Homestead Farm and Museum: 4403 State Route 22, Willsboro, 963-7816. Only on March 23, open house at the inn, old-time sap collecting (season permitting).

Bechard’s Sugar House: 61 Sanger Lane, West Chazy, 846-7498. Sample maple recipes. Maple cream and sugar also available. 

Brow’s Sugarhouse: 89 Sugarbush Drive, West Chazy, 493-5683. Maple brittle, jams, maple cream, molded sugar.

Parker Family Maple Farm: 1043 Slosson Road, West Chazy, 493-6761. All-Maple Festival with horse-drawn wagon rides, cotton candy, creemees, pancakes, historic maple demos.

Black Rooster Maple: 3076 State Route 73, Keene, 576-9792. New store open.

Woods Maple Products: 1470 County Route 23, Chateaugay, 497-6387.

The Wild Center: 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, 359-7800.

Cornell University Uihlein Forest: 157 Bear Club Lane, Lake Placid, 523-9337.

Golden Arrow Resort: 2559 Main Street Lake Placid, 523-3353.

Maple Knoll Farm: 784 14th Road Minerva, 251-5141.

Heaven Hill Farm: 302 Bar Cub Lane, Lake Placid, 524-0240. Youth maple programs.

Richard Atwood Maple Products: 161 Atwood Road, West Chazy, 493-2678. Wood-fired evaporator, horse-and-wagon rides by Country Dreams Farm, syrup, cream and sugar.

The Visitors Interpretive Center at Paul Smith’s College: 777 State Route 30, Paul Smith’s, 327-6241. Student-led basic sugaring seminars plus fresh-baked maple pastries made by the culinary-arts students.


Wild Center Pancake Breakfast and Maple Seminar: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16.

Brushton-Moira Central School FFA: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23, 758 County Route 7, Brushton.

Parker Family Maple Farm: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16, 17, 23, 24, hosted by Northern Tier Sno-Runners,1043 Slosson Road, West Chazy.

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