GCVM // Brian Nagel
GCVM Maple Sugaring
During the Maple Weekends (March 18th & 19th, 25th & 26th) maple producers are inviting families to visit their farms and experience how maple syrup and other maple products are made. Whether it’s simply boiling the sap over an open fire or running it through highly scientific equipment, you and your kids will have a fun learning experience. Check with individual farms for their schedule of events and activities and visit www.nysmaple.com/ to learn more about maple sugaring and all the farms participating in this year’s Maple Weekends.
Fun Maple Syrup Facts:
It takes 30-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup
Maple syrup is boiled even further to produce maple cream, maple sugar, and maple candy
It takes one gallon of maple syrup to produce eight pounds of maple candy or sugar
A gallon of maple syrup weighs 11 pounds
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Step back in time to the 1800s as costumed interpreters describe how sap was collected and made into maple sugar in the 19th century. Visit the website for details about the annual Maple Sugar Festival and Pancake Breakfast. Maple Sugar Festival. Bring the entire family (Kids are FREE!) and enjoy the fresh air and the delicious aroma of simmering maple syrup, as you set off into the woods in search of sweet adventure at the annual Maple Sugar Festival March 18-19 & 25-26. Members FREE!
Activities include a woods walk (bring boots and dress for the weather!) through the sugarbush and a pancake breakfast. Complimentary beverages, free samples of fresh maple syrup and specialty maple cream are available for tasting!
Enjoy the Sugarhouse demos, tours, syrup tastings and molded maple sugar samples. Trout Brook Sugarhouse will feature their custom oatmeal pancake mix: Peter's Pancake Mix. Try it! Maple and alpaca products are available at the farm store - and don't miss a visit with the alpacas!
Take a guided tour of the Sugar Bush and Sugar House and see how sap is collected and made into maple syrup, candy and cream. Hike the trails through the Sugar Bush and enjoy free samples of syrup and other maple products.
This family operation produces about 200 gallons of syrup a year! See the sap get boiled down on the wood-fired evaporator and taste samples of the various syrup grades. Syrup, candy and gift bottles are available to purchase. Check out the Maple Camp At Schoff’s Sugar Shack for more fun!
Explore the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteer guides along the CNC Pioneer Trail. On the trail, participants learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques while enjoying the outdoors. Check the website for details.
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