In Maple Country, they call it “liquid gold.” And that’s not just because it’s expensive. There’s a lot that goes into making New York State maple syrup. It takes 35 gallons of tree sap to make one gallon of syrup, and the sap only flows when the nights are cold and the days are above freezing.
New York State is home to hundreds of maple syrup producers. During the Maple Weekends each spring, maple farms invite visitors to celebrate the sweet side of life with wagon rides out to the sugar bush, tree-tapping demonstrations, maple delights like maple cotton candy, maple cream, maple sweet buns, maple hot dogs and more. Look for live music, crafts and children’s activities too. Here’s a list of some of our favourite sweet spots.
Cedarvale Maple Syrup Co.
Take a tour of the sugar bush and sugarhouse and see how sap is collected and boiled down to make liquid gold. Watch producers create maple cotton candy and purchase a variety of maple products in the farm’s store.
3769 Pleasant Valley Road, Syracuse.
Watch ’em boil down sap on the wood-fired evaporator before experiencing a wagon ride out to the sugar bush. Take a tour of the sugarhouse, enjoy a breakfast buffet and maple cotton candy and explore the winery with a glass of the farm’s very own maple syrup hard cider.
3232 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia.
Maple Hollow Farm
Taste three flavours of maple cream and the farm’s newest recipe, maple fluff. Out at the sugar bush, see a tree tapping demonstration, learn how to determine sugar content and see the different methods of sap collection.
1309 County Route 85, Hannibal.
Smokey Hollow Maple Products
Make maple syrup, maple sugar, and maple cream and see a live demonstration of sap collecting.
8597 Pierce Road, Jordan.
Central New York Maple Festival
Each spring, the village of Marathon celebrates all things sweet with horse-drawn carriage rides, live bands, arts and crafts, children’s activities, a chainsaw carving competition, historical characters in the village and, of course, an all- maple menu including maple cream buns and maple pulled pork sandwiches.
Written by M. J. Kravec