Ready for a taste of fresh, sweet, pure New York maple syrup? Looking for pancake breakfasts, sugarhouse tours, tapping ceremonies, Sap Run, and other special events at maple sites in Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Oswego counties?
Maple producers in the four-county region have announced their 2017 Maple Weekends tree tapping ceremonies and special events with free tastings, tours, syrup and confection-making demonstrations, recipes and treats for sale on March 18-19 and 25-26.
Dress appropriately for weather and walking.
2017 Maple Weekends activities in Oswego County include:
Tree Tapping Ceremony: March 18, 2 pm, Red Schoolhouse Maple, 2437 County Route 4, Fulton, 315-243-1024; serving pancake breakfast 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. each Weekend days for a fee. Free tours, sugarmaking movie, coloring, samples: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
In Hannibal: Maple Hill Farm, 86 Guernsey Road, 315-593-2396. Wear boots to walk sugarbush woods. See oil-fired arch and steamaway, syrup making and bottling since 2001.
In Mexico: Yardley Maple, 524 County Route 64, 315-380-1416. See sap filling holding tanks in sugarhouse, filters, reverse osmosis, you-try-it tapping demo in sugarhouse, samples.
Runners can participate in the 3rd Annual Sap Run and Pancake Breakfast, March 25, 9 a.m., race starts at South Jefferson elementary school, US Route 11, Mannsville. Activities include a timed event for serious runners, a family run/walk, and pancake breakfast at the Methodist Church on Lorraine Street, benefits local school and church, call 315-222-8126 to register for the run.
To learn about 2017 Maple Weekend sugarhouse tours in Oneida, Jefferson and Lewis counties, see the free 4-county brochure online at www.mapleweekend.com. The brochure is also available at county chambers of commerce and Cooperative Extension offices, and by mail from Lewis Region Maple Weekend Coordinator Marcia Rudd: send your postal address to [email protected]; put 2017 Maple Weekends Brochure by Mail in the Subject Line.