Maple Weekend!

It’s sugaring season! Spring’s warmer temperatures coax sugar maple trees to turn stored starch back into sugar. Sap is made as the tree mixes ground water with the sugar. The sap is mostly crystal clear water with about 2% sugar. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make each gallon of maple syrup which has a sugar content of 66.9%. A typical sugaring season lasts 4 to 6 weeks. A pattern of freezing and thawing temperatures (below freezing at night and 40-45 degrees during the day) will build up pressure within the trees causing the sap to flow from the tapholes.

Some of the maple syrup events taking place this weekend – 

Maple Sugar Open House at Five Rivers
When: Sat, Mar 19, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar
Join us for an introduction to maple sugaring as you twirl a brace drill, pound a spile, inspect the sap flow in our sugarbush, and enjoy the aroma of sap boiling down in our evaporator.



Maple Weekend at Peaceful Valley Maple Farms
When: Sat, Mar 19, 2016 until Sun, Mar 20, 2016
Where: Peaceful Valley Maple Farms, 116 LaGrange Road, Johnstown
Demonstrations of all it takes to make syrup: tapping, tubing, collecting, reverse osmosis and boiling. We will have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast.

Maple Weekend at Frasier’s Sugar Shack
When: Sat, Mar 19, 2016 until Sun, Mar 20, 2016
Where: Frasiers Sugar Shack, 144 Church Street, St. Johnsville
Tree tapping demonstration. We will be boiling sap into syrup. Maple syrup and maple confections for sale. Come visit our new Showroom.

Maple Weekend at Kent’s Sugar House
When: Sat, Mar 19, 2016 until Sun, Mar 20, 2016
Where: Kent’s Sugar House, 2529 Plank Road, Berlin
Come join us and learn the process of making maple syrup, from sap collection from the trees to boiling into the finished table product. At our sugarhouse, you will see our wood-fired evaporator with Steam-away.

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