Maple Sugar Party
all-you-can eat sumptuous buffet is crowned with a dessert of genuine
jackwax. Serving begins at 4 p.m. and lasts until all are served. $10
adults, $5 for kids 6-11. free for those 5 and under. During the day of the event, call town hall kitchen, 518-623-4050. Join the fun as area musicians perform liely music. Jackwax parties have been held
by North Country folks forever, and this confection, it has been said,
probably originated with the Native Americans.
Thurman Town Hall, 311 Athol Rd., Athol
Saturday, March 10th only, 4 p.m. until all are served
Fighting cancer for 59 years...
A Thurman diary written in the
1930s tells of the jackwax party held at Athol Methodist Church, which
once stood between town hall and the Harris House. It raised funds for
the church back then, but one year the call went out to raise money
with a Jack Wax party to help the family of a young local boy stricken
by leukemia. The next year, the church had closed and the young boy's
life had been lost. Organizers decided to carry on the tradition of
hosting the meal as a fundraiser to help those with this disease, and
that year - and every year since, the dinner has raised money for the
American Cancer Society. 2018 marks the 59th year that the dinner has
been held for this purpose.
Performing at the Maple Sugar Party:
Hod Ovitt and The Warren County Ramblers
Back - l-r: Hod Ovitt, Ken Meyer, Pete Bolster, John Mosher
Front - Jeannie Jenkins
A guest enjoys old-fashioned jack wax
Thurman Maple Sugar Party
Simmering syrup to just the right consistency photo
A volunteer simmers syrup to the perfect
consistency for jack wax
IN A NUTSHELL
Each weekend, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Free Family Fun on
Bring the whole family to visit all
the sites! Watch maple syrup being made before your eyes. Our four maple
farms - Adirondack Gold, Valley Road, Hidden Hollow and Toad Hill -
all are in the same business, but differ in many respects, so plan to
visit them all. You'll see syrup, maple sugar, maple peanuts and candies
being made, as well as maple tea and coffee and souvenir clothing items.
Wonderful maple treats will tempt your palate, and special activities
will fill your day with fun. Sugarhouses will open their doors for touring
and tasting, sampling and shopping; Martin's Certified Tree Farm will
offer demonstrations of their sawmill operation, showing beautiful grains
of the sugar maple, and wood sawed from a tree tapped in bygone days,
as well as craft demonstrations and items for sale. Just down the road,
find Nettle Meadow Farm, with tasting of goat and sheep cheeses and,
weather permitting, farm tours each hour..Turn off Mountain Road to
find the third generation operation at Adirondack Gold Maple. On High
Street, near the Toad Hill turnoff, stop in at Peru Llama farm to meet
(and be kissed by) Critter, and learn more about llamas. See detailed addresses and descriptions
of all the sites and a map showing their locations.
Valley Road Maple Farm invites you to come early (9 a.m.) to enjoy a
pancake breakfast dripping with...what else?...pure Thurman maple syrup!
Service continues until 1 p.m.
JACK WAX !
And don't forget the Maple Sugar Party on March 10th. It's a delectable
all-you-can-eat buffet topped off with a dessert of old-fashioned jackwax,
accompanied by local musicians. Held at Thurman town hall, 311 Athol
Road, Athol, NY, the affordable dinner begins at 4 p.m. and lasts till
all are served.
maps at each site, at Thurman Town Hall and around the region, or download
one on this website. Many visitors navigate by GPS readings, and
others just watch for signs, follow their noses or ask a friendly resident..
Read about all of our farm hosts and our advertisers below.
Follow signs to fine family fun.
Photo by Amy Drexel
Firing up the evaporator for boiling at Adirondack Gold Maple Farm
Photo by Sally Feihel
Mike Hill serves pancakes and Oscar's sausages
A P L E D A Y S
U R M A N , N Y
Cherishing our heritage, one sweet drop at a time...
MARCH 10-11; 17-18; 24-25, 2018
1. Valley Road Maple Farm
190 Valley Road; 9 am-4 pm
Sugarmakers Mike Hill and Ralph Senecal host breakfast each morning
beginning at 9 a.m. maple sausages from Oscar's, hot, fluffy pancakes
with pure maple syrup drizzled over the top! MMmmmmm. They'll keep flipping
flapjacks till 1 p.m. and the Upper Hudson Maple Queen will be guest of honor during those hours. Tour the facility, too! Valley Road Maple boils
in a state-of-the-art sugarhouse. They have expanded their operation
to 3,400 taps on vacuum with reverse osmosis, producing syrup, cream,
candy, sugar, maple roasted nuts, maple peanut brittle and maple cotton
candy. Valley Road Maple won first place in the Vermont international
maple syrup contest for light amber syrup and the 2008, 2009 and 2012,
New York State Fair first prize for maple candy. Come see why!
2. Martin's Lumber & Lucyann's
280 Valley Road
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Gary and Wini Martin have a one hundred-acre Certified Tree Farm with
a portable bandsaw mill. The Martins carefully manage their woodland
resources and will talk to you about silviculture, explaining the principles
of sustainable forestry. Ask about our live edge lumber and see items made from it..Martin's is also the home of Lucyann's Paper Bead Jewelry. featuring custom orders from wedding invitations, graduation or birth announcements and more. You can now shop for these
items and participate in interactive demonstrations. Other artisans will be on site during the three weekends Potter Diane Cubit with special Maple Days designs (wks. 1 & 3), Amy Cason, herbalist with info to share. John Los will stop in one weekend with his hand carved wooden spoons, cutting boards, and boxes - maybe his Windsor chairs. See Laurie West, with her "Empty Nest Sud-drome" cold-process soaps, body butters and more. Also on site - woodburned designs.
3. Nettle Meadow Farm
484 South Johnsburg Road
10 - 4
Nettle Meadow farm and Sanctuary will offer hourly farm tours (weather permitting) and an indoor cheese tasting (try our new chevres!) if the weather is bad, and will be selling their cook booklets, telling about their nationally and inter-nationally-awarded cheese*, the animals, and the history of the place, along with great recipes using their wide assortment of cheeses.Meet this year's baby goats and lambs! Land at this
site has been farmed since John Thurman deeded acreage to the Johnson
family, which founded Meadowbrook Stock Farm and ran it for generations.
Nettle Meadow is now primarily a goat farm and artisan goat and sheep
cheese shop. See, sample and shop their gourmet goodies. See the restored
historic barn loftand the cheese shop! During Maple Days, enjoy our three flavors of Maple goat cheese ice cream - plain maple, maple chocolate chip, and maple blueberry!
*Nettle Meadow's Kunik was awarded World Champion Cheese Contest and won first place for our Kunik and Apple Cider Fromage Frais cheeses in Madison, WI, competing against cheesemakers from across the US, and Canada, Switzerland, Germany and other countries around the world.
4. Adirondack Gold
74 Bear Pond Road
xx 10 to 4
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Here third generation maple producers operate an old fashioned sugarhouse.
They have 1200 taps (1100 with tubing and 100 in buckets) and a 2' x
6' wood-fired stainless steel evaporator. Come browse the Kenyons' full
line of maple products--coffee, tea, cotton candy, cookbooks, and maple
donuts--to get your "maple fix" and stock up on gifts for
the year. Family
activities are planned at Adirondack Gold Maple Farm for both days of
each weekend. "Tapper" will show the kids how to tap,
gather sap and boil it. Bring snowshoes to go visit Tapper's lean-to, snow permitting.
Test your tastebuds
with different syrups to see if you can discriminate between grades,
and between what is real and what is artificial. Adirondack Gold offers
maple recipes, to show you that maple syrup isn't just for pancakes
anymore! Adirondack Gold will be closed on Sunday, March 25.
5. Toad Hill Maple
137 Charles Olds Road
10 to 4
The Galusha family has produced pure Adirondack maple products at
Toad Hill Maple Farm for more than 40 years. In 2011 they opened their
large new timber frame sugarhouse, which included a new energy-efficient
process for producing pure maple syrup utilizing a wood-fired evaporator,
a reverse osmosis machine and large stainless steel tanks. In stark
contrast, see the old cast iron kettle hanging outside, with sap boiling
over an open fire. Toad Hill gathers sap from more than 2,000 sugar maple trees. Products includes maple cream, sugar amd new candies -- chocolate-covered bonbons, caramel corn, maple frosted nuts. Enjoy samples and browse the
expanding list of products in the gift shop, now offering such exotic
maple delicacies as chocolate covered maple bonbons, maple frosted nuts. cotton candy, popcorn, tea, coffee, cookbooks &
some non-maple items like balsam pillows & hats. Take a wagon ride, and don't miss "Woodchuckin'" by the mammoth trebuchet.
6. Peru Llama Farm
661 High Street;
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Peru Llama Farm, 661 High St., 10 - 4. (Park across road.) Pucker up for a free llama kiss and capture the moment with a photo. Learn about the life of a llama, diet, herding, survival, and complex communication. Kids 12 and under may earn a "Language Proficiency Certificate." Role play in a training demo: how owners teach a llama not to fear humans. Buy bags of odorless and highly effective low cost llama fertilizer produced at this mini-farm. Kids will enjoy a "hay crawl" while their parents reminisce about bygone childhood farm adventures; souvenirs will be given to young children. Talk to Irv about "Breaking the Rules: A fresh approach to building on the strength and courage of our struggling youth," a book which details his approach to help kids in need.
7. Blackberry Hill Farm and Sanctuary
x 15 Mud St. 10 to 4
Blackberry Hill Farm is a diversified family farm that has earned certified organic status from the USDA and NOFA NY. We offer vegetables and herbs ; when in season) also certified organic chicken, turkeys and non-GMO heritage breed pigs. This time of the year it's pretty quiet at the farm but we are gearing up for spring and our spring litters. Weather/mud permitting we will have farm tours although it's too cold for the baby chicks and piglets. Stop by our farm stand where we have chicken ( whole, breasts, drumsticks) turkey, pork (sausage pork chops, roasts) , eggs, jam and more . So bring your cooler and take home some of the best tasting meats in the county!
8. Windy Ridge Farm
xx 52 Elmer Wood Road
A traditional Adirondack Farm that has been in one family for over 200 years. For Maple Days, the Wood famil y is digging into the sheds to pull out grandpa's boiling kettle, some sap pails and hand-whittled spiles (spouts for tapping). See a very traditional maple operation, buy syrup, jams and jellies and visit for awhile.
9. Hidden Hollow Maple
312 Dippikill Rd.,10
a.m to 4 p.m.
of the Wallace family work together to produce pure Adirondack maple
syrup, maple cream, delectable maple candies, and many specialty products such as maple jelly, cinnamon maple sugar. maple pepper and much more. Old meets new in this
operation, with a traditional woodfired evaporator processing sap already reduced
by reverse osmosis. The Wallaces have expanded their operation to over 5,000 taps. Find Dippikill Road just a hop and a skip off Valley
or Glen-Athol Road by taking Parker Cross Road (which connects them),
and turning NNW onto the road to Hidden Hollow, just beyond the Loveland
Road turnoff. Email them, and like Hidden HollowMaple Farm on Facebook
Also: Thurman Town Hall - Site of the Maple Sugar Party
The Glen Lodge B & B Stay near the maple! (Book early.)
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