1. Valley Road Maple Farm
190 Valley Road
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. 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
Gary and Wini Martin have
a one hundred-acre Certified Tree Farm with a portable bandsaw mill.
Martin's is also the home of Lucyann's Stained Glass Stepping Stones
and Paper Bead Jewelry. You can now shop for these items and participate
in interactive demonstrations of the crafts in a cozy indoor display
room. Intrigued? Reserve
a spot now for a.m. r p.m. workshop
and make your own earrings! 45-minute class completes the project; cost
$10, or, if Sterling Silver findings are used, $15. The Martins carefully
manage their woodland resources and will talk to you about silviculture,
explaining the principles of sustainable forestry. They will demonstrate
operation of their sawmill, and show selectively cut maple that bears
the indications of tapping in bygone days. Their displays will include
maple boards, showing some of the unique and beautiful grains of the
sugar maple, many available as slabs for table or bar construction.
Gary's forge will be on display, too, along with some old logging tools.
484 South Johnsburg Road
Noon to 3 only
Nettle Meadow will offer an indoor cheese tasting (ask about Maple Walnut
Chevre!) if the weather is bad, and will hand out free booklets about
the farm, the cheese, the animals, and the history of the place. Farm
tours will be offered if the weather is good. 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.
4. Adirondack Gold Maple Farm
74 Bear Pond Road
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Here third generation maple producers operate an old
They have 700 taps (600 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. See
exhibit by Adirondack Spectral Investigations of paranormal evidence,
and browse Native American dream catchers. 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 try out, snow permitting. Our "Big Foot" snowshoes will
be available. 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!
5. Toad Hill Maple Farm
151 Charles Olds Road
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 is the largest maple producer in Warren
County, gathering sap from more than 3,700 sugar maple trees. Take a
tour and see the new maple kitchen where Toad Hill packages the syrup
and makes maple cream, candy and sugar. Enjoy samples and browse the
expanding list of products in the gift shop, now offering such exotic
maple delicacies as cotton candy, popcorn, tea, coffee, cookbooks &
some non-maple items like balsam pillows & hats.
Peru Llama Farm
661 High Street; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Peru Llama Farm will be open on Maple Days for farm tours,
kisses from Critter llama, displays about llamas, llama fertilizer,
and, teens promoting the Heifer International Project, an organization
that works to end hunger and poverty. Games for kids will be led by
the teens. Also available, Irv's new book, Breaking
the Rules. Please park vehicles on High Street, near
Toad Hill Maple sign.
6. Hidden Hollow Maple
312 Dippikill Road
518-623-9406, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
of the Wallace family work together to produce pure Adirondack maple
syrup, maple cream and delectable maple candies. Old meets new in this
operation, with a woodfired evaporator processing sap already reduced
by reverse osmosis. 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. Like Hidden Hollow Maple Farm on Facebook.
7. Thurman Town Hall
- Maple Sugar Party,
4 p.m. - ? on March 9. See above
Lodge B & B