OSWEGO COUNTY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Mark your calendars for the New York State Maple Producers AssociationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s annual Ã¢â‚¬Å“Maple Weekends.Ã¢â‚¬Â Several local maple sugar bushes will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 20 and 21, and March 27 and 28.
Maple Hollow Farm on county Route 85 in Hannibal and Red Schoolhouse Maple on county Route 4 in Fulton will be open for tours and sampling throughout both weekends.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Visitors can learn how maple sap is turned into the sweet treat we all enjoy, whether it is boiled over an open fire or processed through state-of-the-art equipment,Ã¢â‚¬Â said David Turner, director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. Visitors be able to sample pure maple syrup, an all-natural product with no artificial ingredients. Maple products will be available for purchase as well.
Several local maple farms are open for tours by appointment only. They include: Heritage Hill Farm, Nemier Road, Lacona; Maple Help Stock Farms, Hurlbut Road, Mexico; Sticky Situations, county Route 176, Fulton; and Sugar Shack JackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, county Route 22, Parish.
The event began nearly 15 years ago in Wyoming County as Ã¢â‚¬Å“Maple SundayÃ¢â‚¬Â and has grown to a state-wide, two-weekend celebration of the maple sugaring process. For details about Ã¢â‚¬Å“Maple Weekends,Ã¢â‚¬Â visit www.mapleweekend.com.
For more upcoming events, call the Oswego County Tourism Office at 1-800-248-4FUN (4386) or go to www.visitoswegocounty.com.