Finger Lakes Visitors Connection Announces Maple Activities to Celebrate New York State’s Maple Weekend
Ontario County maple farms are getting ready to welcome visitors for two weeks in March in celebration of Maple Weekend.
Maple Weekend, which is March 23 & 24 and March 30 & 31, is sponsored by the New York State Maple Producers Association. During Maple Weekend, maple farms welcome visitors to their farms to educate people first-hand about how maple syrup and other related products are made. Many farms also have pancake breakfasts and other tastings throughout the weekend.
“So many people are interested in farm-to-table and agriculture in our area, and Maple Weekend is the perfect way to showcase our assets as a county,” said Finger Lakes Visitors Connection President Valerie Knoblauch. “We are fortunate to have multiple maple farms in our area, and Maple Weekend is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy all Ontario County has to offer.”
In Ontario County, six maple farms will be participating in Maple Weekend activities:
Cumming Nature Center: 6472 Gulick Rd, Naples, NY 14512
www.rmsc.org/cumming-nature-center (585) 374-6160
Pancake Breakfast: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Open House: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrate 41 years of maple sugaring by visiting Cumming Nature Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both weekends to have a freshly prepared pancake breakfast with pure maple syrup. Learn the processing techniques used to turn sap into syrup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kettle Ridge Farm, 515 Log Cabin Road, Victor, NY 14564
kettleridgefarm.com (585) 683-7506 or (585) 217-7108
Pancake Breakfast: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Open House: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stop by Kettle Ridge Farm during each Maple Weekend between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for fresh maple syrup samples in the tasting room, tours of the sugarhouse/farm, and of course, pancakes. Their pancake food truck will be on the property serving until 2 p.m. Every hour, a group will be able to take a hike in the sugarbush, including stops at the shiitake mushroom log yard, the honeybee apiary and the chicken coop—don’t forget your boots. It will be fun and educational for the whole family.
Schoff’s Sugar Shack, 1064 Willis Hill Road, Victor, NY 14564
schoffssugarshack.com (585) 924-3769
Maple Camp for Kids: 11 a.m.
Bring your kids to Schoff’s Sugar Shack Maple Weekend for their maple camp for kids at 11 a.m. on March 23-24 and 30-31. Each day, families can go into the woods and tap their own tree, as well as go to a demonstration on how to make maple syrup.
Stoney Ridge Farms, 625 Country Rd 28 14522, Palmyra, NY 14522
Open House: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pancake Breakfast: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come out for some family fun on all four days of Maple Weekend at Stoney Ridge Farms. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., you’ll find the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast of buttermilk and buckwheat pancakes in a heated tent with fresh maple syrup and maple sausage. The breakfast is $8 for adults at $5 for kids under 12. Sap tours and other events will be happening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. all four days as well. Visitors can also visit the retail shop, where items such as maple syrup, maple cream, maple mustard, maple barbeque, maple hot sauce, maple cotton fluff and more can be purchased.
Syrup A’LaRue, 927 LaRue Road, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
www.facebook.com/SyrupALaRue (315) 879-7390
Open House: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Syrup A’LaRue will be open both weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tastings of their seven varieties of hickory cream and tours of their newly-constructed sugarhouse. The weekend festivities will also include photo and recipe contests, demonstrations, displays on the New York state maple industry, samples of maple treats and goat petting.
Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple Farm, 8064 Coates Rd, Naples, NY 14512
fingerlakesbulkmaplesyrup.com (585) 775-7770
Open House: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This Maple Weekend, Wohlschlegel’s will be holding an open house from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join the fun with free guided tours through the sugarbush as well as each station of the state-of-the-art sugarhouse and maple hot dogs in the afternoon. Then stop by the retail store to shop their maple products, including Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, maple cream spread, maple BBQ sauce and four flavors of maple syrup.
For more Maple Weekend information, visit the Maple Weekend section of Finger Lakes Visitors Connection’s website at VisitFingerLakes.com/events-festivals/maple-weekend.