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Thurman’s ‘Maple Days’ this weekend

Sugaring season is now in full swing in the Adirondacks, and and people from near and far are welcome to visit maple sugar farms this weekend in our rural mountain town.

Visitors this weekend and next are likely to get a good taste of traditional culture during Thurman Maple Days, which features he little town with a big maple industry. In a region where historically more families than not tapped sugar maples to make syrup for pancakes and sugar for baking, late winter is a time of intensive labor. Maple producers trek into the sugar-bushes, often on snowshoes, to drill holes, set taps and run or repair lines to carry sap to the sugarhouses for boiling and processing into a multitude of sweet treats.

Beginning March 15 and 16, continuing Saturdays and Sundays through March 30, four Thurman maple producers will open their sugarhouses for tours.

Each weekend open houses will be held at four maple operations – Hidden Hollow, Toad Hill, Valley Road and Adirondack Gold maple farms, with demonstrations and talks about tapping, evaporating, filtering and candy-making. Expect some wonderful samples and great shopping for an expanded inventory of maple treats. Also hosting will be Martin’s Lumber & Certified Tree Farm—featuring maple slabs and Lucyann’s craft specialties, both with demonstrations.

Peru Llama Farm will feature opportunities for children to visit some tame llamas, as well as children’s games.

Nettle Meadow Farm will be offering samplings of its renowned gourmet cheeses and hourly tours as weather permits. Activities at all sites are from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Valley Road Maple Farm opens an hour earlier each day, serving pancakes and famed local Oscar’s sausages from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. Take a camera and submit your best shots to info@ThurmanMapleDays.com for future event publicity.

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