CONCORD—Maple Weekend comes to a close Sunday, but not before another filled weekend of the sweet stuff. Maple Weekend started in 1995 as a single Maple Sunday and has grown to 4 days, spanning two weekends, in it 23rd year.
The weekend gives maple lovers a chance to learn more about the product, how its produced and the variety of ways it can be used. Organized and sponsored by the New York State Maple Producers Association, Maple Weekend stretched across the state. Locally, a variety of sugarmakers take part in the event, welcoming visitors onto their farms and into their sugar houses for a behind-the-scenes look at the process. Visit them this weekend and indulge!
Wendel’s Maple and More
12502 Vaughn Street, East Concord
Wendel’s Maple is opening their sugarhouse each weekend in March giving visitors a chance to explore at their leisure. Their sugarhouse includes a platform above the sugar cooker to give patrons a bird’s eye view of the boiling process. Stop in and test Wendel’s latest treats, like cotton candy.
Benz’s Sugar Shanty
12939 Van Slyke Road, East Concord
With more than 25 maple products for sale, Benz’s is the go-to for all maple lovers. Stop in this weekend for a pancake breakfast and fresh maple syrup. Maple makers will be serving maple hot dogs, maple milkshakes and maple soft serve ice cream all day. Sugar house tours and presentations from tree to table will also be given.
Ploetz’s Maple Syrup
12955 Dowd Road, Springville
Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend, Ploetz’s is sampling great product combined with all the knowledge needed to make maple syrup. When you fill up on maple hot dogs and pancakes, take a wagon tour through the sugarbush to get up close and personal with maple. Don’t forget to stop by and check out the farm animals.