Maple syrup producers to host Maple Weekends

Several maple producers will host tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, and the following weekend, March 24 and 25, for the New York State Maple Producers Weekends.

Red Schoolhouse Maple, 2437 Co. Rte. 4, Palermo, offers visitors the opportunity to see the latest technology in maple sap collection and syrup-making.

There will be an all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, along with snowshoeing/walking tours of the sugar bush, sled dog demonstrations, coloring contests, and tours of the maple production process.

Free samples of maple syrup, maple cream and maple cotton candy will be available along with other refreshments. Those seeking more information may call 243-1024 or visit www.redschoolhousemaple.com.

Maple Hollow Farms, 1309 Co. Rte. 85, Hannibal, will offer guided tours with samples of fresh maple syrup and three flavors of maple cream.

Visitors will have the chance to meet the Oswego County Maple Queen and Princess. A variety of farm animals, including “Emma,” the Oswego County Fair Supreme Champion milking brown Swiss cow, will be on hand.

Visitors will learn techniques of tapping trees, how to measure the sugar content in the sap, and explore the different collection methods used on the farm. Those seeking more information may call 564-7133.

Maple Hill Farm, located at 86 Guernsey Rd., Hannibal, will host tours on both weekends as well. Their tour will include a walk of the sugar bush, syrup making and bottling process in the sugar house.

The farm has been in operation since 2001. Visitors should dress for the weather and bring their mud boots. Those seeking information may call 593-2396.

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