North Country celebrates the season of sugar

The sugarhouse can be reached by calling 523-9337, through e-mail at mlf36@cornell.edu, or by visiting the Web site, www.cornellmaple.com.

In Clinton County, Brow's Sugarhouse at 89 Sugarbush Dr. in West Chazy will be offering free tours of the sugarhouse showing how maple products are made on both weekends.

Wayne Brow, who has been working with maple sugar for 31 years, emphasized the importance of customer education.

"We want to educate the people about maple syrup, show them how it's made, and let them know why it's important," explained Brow. "It's a totally natural product. All we do is take water out of the sap," he said.

Contact them at 493-5683 or via e-mail at browmaple@aol.com.

At the Parker Family Maple Farm located at 1043 Slosson Road in West Chazy, there will be a pancake breakfast all four days of Maple Weekends, sponsored by the Northern Tier snow-runners. there will also be horse-drawn wagon rides, a small petting zoo and maple product demonstrations. The gift shop will be open with items like cotton candy, complimentary maple coffee and maple syrup.

Patricia Parker, of Parker Family Maple Farm, is particularly excited about the old fashioned maple syrup demonstrations that will occur during Maple Weekend.

"This year we're going to do something really different. We're going to have maple syrup made the old fashioned way, with a cauldron, and wooden buckets," said Parker.

A fifth generation maple business owner, Parker noted the business is very much a family endeavor.

"We take pride in [maple syrup production] - it's not just a business, it's a family history," she said.

"We've always done maple weekends - this is what we do," added Parker.

Contact them at 493-6761 or e-mail parkerfamilymaple@yahoo.com.

Admission to all Maple Weekend events is free. For more information on sites and events, visit www.mapleweekend.com.

- Mary Weinstein contributed to this article.

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