Maple farms readying for visitors

Thurman Maple Days are set for March 13 and 14, and sugar bush owners in the region are getting ready to open their sugar houses for tours. Mark and Cheryl Kenyon from Adirondack Gold Maple Farm said this week that she and her husband started to tap their trees a few days before the last storm. Mark goes out on snowshoes daily to check his lines that run from his trees to his processor.

During Thurman's Maple Weekend, Adirondack Gold Maple farm on Bear Pond Rd., Toad Hill Maple Farm on Old Charles Rd. and Valley Road Maple Farm on Valley Rd. will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and the following two weekends as well. Valley Road Maple Farm will again have their famous Pancake breakfast both days from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Each of the maple producers will have maple syrup, maple candy, maple cream, maple peanuts and more for sale. Martin Lumber on South Johnsburg Road will also be demonstrating how they make table tops, counter tops and other products made from the lumber of Maple trees that are no longer producing sap.

Cheryl Kenyon said that some Maple trees produce sap for 150 years or longer. Martin Lumber will also have handmade jewelry for sale. Each maple farm produces their syrup in a different way I'm told, stay tuned to Town Talk as I will tour the three producers and see first hand how each maple producer processes it's syrup and candies.

Adirondack Gold Maple Farm will also be showing a soap-making video by Sally Feihl of Adirondack Soap & Suds.

Considering all these demonstrations and activities, gather the family and go out and visit the maple producers and experience a longstanding local tradition.

Maple farms across the state will be joining Thurman during the statewide Maple Weekends March 20-21, and March 27-28. For details, google Thurman Maple Weekend or see: NYSMaple.Com

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