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SWEET SEASON: Time for Maple Weekend

March 27, 2015
By staff , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Spring is the sweetest season in the Adirondack Park, and this weekend residents and visitors get a taste of what maple syrup producers have to offer.

Producers and businesses are hosting special events, tours and tastings during Maple Weekend, March 28-29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

While Vermont still reigns as the nation's top maple syrup producer, making 42 percent (1.32 million gallons) of the U.S. yield in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, New York state annually competes with Maine as the country's second largest maple producer. Last year, New York made 5.46 millions gallons, barely taking second place over Maine's 5.45 million gallons.

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North Country School students recently spent some time tapping sugar maple trees. From left are Peia Douglas-Dufresne, Fedra Esparza Hidalgo and Alexia Delgado Delpree. The three were in a week-long class during which they learned about the sugaring process, tapped trees, hung buckets, visited South Meadow Farm, and made maple candy.
(Photo — North Country School)

To celebrate the Empire State's maple tradition and promote maple products, the New York State Maple Producers Association has presented Maple Weekends every March since the mid 1990s. Maple producers from throughout the state host open houses to showcase how maple products are produced, from tree to table, and provide a chance to taste and purchase products.

In the Tri-Lakes/High Peaks region, the weekend includes family fun activities at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, the Paul Smith's College VIC, Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, Mount Van Hoevenberg Cross-Country Center in Lake Placid, sugar house tours and demonstrations, restaurant tastings, specialty cocktails and featured foods, along with special events at museums and visitor centers around the area.

Participating maple producers include Cornell University Uihlein Forest in Lake Placid, with guided educational tours on maple, birch and walnut syrup production; Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid, with hands-on youth maple programs; the Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smith's College, with student-led sugaring seminars and baked maple pastries; the Wild Center, with a real sugaring operation on site plus tapping tours; and 1812 Homestead in Willsboro, with old-time sap collecting.

Maple Weekend will feature Tastes of Maple at the Conference Center at Lake Placid from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Maple producers will bring samples of their maple syrup to taste, chefs from throughout the region will bring delicious dishes inspired by maple syrup and local brewers will offer samples. Attendees can purchase tasting tickets for $1, and each booth will offer tasting portions that will require one to five tickets. A full cash bar will available as well.

Skiers can participate in Whiteface Mountain's family friendly competitions and activities.

On Sunday at Whiteface, the Shipman Youth Center will offer maple syrup tastings and samples.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, the Paul Smith's VIC will host the first ever Maple Sap Run/Walk. Participants will run or walk out to the sugar bush - likely on snowshoes depending on the weather - fill a quart jug with maple sap, and bring it back to the VIC for processing.

Also Sunday morning, the St. Agnes School in Lake Placid will host a Maple Weekend pancake breakfast.

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