Friday, March 20, 2009

March is Maple Maddness Time March is Maple Maddness Time

March Maple Madness
Maple Weekends
March 21-22 & 28-2
Daily from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Spring is truly on its way. Yesterday was just above 50 degrees. People were out strolling, riding their bikes and kids were at the park shooting hoops and throwing lacrosse balls. You can taste the sweetness in the air!

Liquid Gold shining through the windows at Shushan Sity Sap Shack

One of the best things about March in the Battenkill Valley is Sugaring. The cool nights and warm day's produce "liquid gold" maple sap. From this sap comes pure maple syrup and a variety of other delicious products. The Battenkill Valley is part of the Upper Hudson New York Maple Producers region. Producers will be open during Maple Weekend™ March 21-22 and 28-29 from 10am - 4pm each day. You are invited to tour the Sugar Shacks, see the trees being tapped, sample the rich taste of pure New York maple syrup, and enjoy a pancake breakfast, all while touring beautiful Washington County.

Indulge in a pancake feast at Mapleland Farm, Dry Brook Sugar House (both in Salem) or Rathbuns in Granville. Consider coming for the weekend and staying in one of the regions Inn's, Hotels or Bed and Breakfasts. A great weekend with the kids!! Or not!

Listed below are the producers found on the Maple Weekend website

* Mapleland Farms, 550 Bunker Hill Rd, Salem
* Grottoli's Maple Farm, 91 Ritchie Rd, Middle Granville
* Highland Maple Farm, 954 Coach Rd, Argyle
* Dry Brook Sugar House, 432 Chambers Rd, Salem
* Sugar Mill Farm LLC, 2469 State Route 29, Greenwich
* Rathbun's Maple SUgar House, 1208 Hatch Hill Rd, N. Granville

Tim and Kendall Dwyer of Shushan Sity Sap Shack, off Roberson Road in Shushan, only produce 200 gallons of syrup using a wood fired evaporation process. Travel up Rt 313 and go across the Eagleville Covered Bridge into Shushan.

Visit Mapleland Farms and Dry Brook Sugar House in Salem,NY. Both are offering pancake feasts and Dry Brook Sugar House is offering horse and oxen wagon rides into Vermont.

Stop at the Battenkill Valley Creamery for the freshest dairy products in the region. Go over Bunker Hill Road towards Cossayuna Lake to Rt 40 in Argyle to Marge and Daves at Highland Maple Farm.You can make your way to Sugar Mill Farm in Greenwich. John & Michele Reid started their operation twelve years ago. Their sap is processed through a 1,200 gallon per hour reverse osmosis machine and then boiled on a wood-fired 3'x12' evaporator with steam away.

On Day 2 you can begin with a journey through the slate valley and trips to Grottoli's Maple and breakfast at Rathbun's Sugar House. Granville is also home to the Pember Museum and the Slate Valley Museum.

There is no end to what you can see in and around Cambridge, NY when spring blossoms.


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