K&J – Maple Weekend & The Parker Maple Farm in West Chazy

March 22-23 & 29-30, 2014 10 am-4 pm each day

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Earl Parker at the Parker Farm in West Chazy

We all knew that Maple Weekend was a fun event for the entire family.  Now scientific research shows there’s something more to the taste of sweet, delicious maple syrup – it might just keep you healthy.  Recent studies have uncovered some significant health benefits. A University of Rhode Island researcher has found 20 compounds in maple syrup that play an important role in our health (Science Daily, 30 Mar. 2011).  Some of these compounds have been shown to fight cancer, diabetes and bacterial illnesses.   Other established health benefits of pure maple syrup include the calcium and potassium content – a quarter cup of maple syrup has more calcium than the same amount of milk and more potassium than a banana.

During the K&J show today, we visit the Parker Maple Farm, just one of 21 locations participating in Maple Weekend across the North Country. The New York State Maple Producers Association invites families from across the Empire State and neighboring areas to learn all about the production of maple syrup and other related products. Their goal during Maple Weekend is to share the taste of real mouth-watering maple syrup with you.  Maple producers will demonstrate how to make syrup — whether it’s simply boiling the sap over an open fire or running it through highly scientific equipment — the results always taste great!

New York State maple syrup has established a reputation as one of the highest quality maple syrups in the world.  Maple Weekend allows New York Maple producers to demonstrate the superiority of their product, and invites the public to sugar houses to try for themselves.

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From the first Maple Sunday in Wyoming County in the mid 1990s to today’s state-wide Maple Weekend event, the goal remains the same —  to give the public a first-hand opportunity to see how maple products are produced, from tree to table, along with the chance to taste and purchase maple products.  This year, Maple Weekend takes place March 22-23 and 29-30 from 10am – 4pm each day.

Locations in Clinton County; 


1812 Homestead Farm & Museum

Family Name: Jack Swan

4403 NYS Rt 22
Willsboro, NY 12996-

Phone: (518) 963-4071
Email: homestead.1812@gmail.com
Activities: Open March 29 only. See how Native americans made syrup without using metal;Old-tyme sap collecting (season permitting); visit the sugarhouse; tour the Inn. Gift shop will be open.

Directions: Take exit 33 off the Northway to NYS Rt 22 toward Willsboro. 5.4 miles on the right. Alternate entrance off Reber Rd. Watch for signs.

March 29,

Bechard’s Sugar House

Family Name: Tammy & Marvin Bechard

61 Sanger Lane
West Chazy, NY 12992-3625

Phone: (518) 846-7498 / (518) 572-9717
Email: bechardssugarhouse@westelcom.com
Activities: Sample some of our favorite maple recipes! Maple cream and sugar also available.We will be offering tours of the Sugar House showing how maple products are made. Come enjoy complimentary maple coffee, maple tea and sample other maple products.

Directions: From Plattsburgh, I-87N, take exit 41, right onto Spellman Rd, left onto Route 9. In about 1.7 miles turn left onto Stratton Hill Rd, first left onto Sanger Lane. From Champlain, US 9-S about 13.4 miles, right on Stratton Hill Rd, left onto Sanger Lane.

March 22, March 23, March 29, March 30

Brandy Brook Maple Farm

Family Name: Joy Herfurth, Allen McDonald

439 Brandy Brook Road
Ellenburg Center, NY 12934-2005

Phone: (518) 594-8849 / (518) 569-5146
Email: brandybrookmaplefarm@localnet.com

Activities: Brandy Brook Maple Farm is a family-owned and operated maple farm located in the northern-most region of New York. We tap over 8000 maple trees in six separate sugar bushes spread over two counties.Come up to Ellenburg Center and experience a guided tourof our modern tubing layout complete with a high vacuum system and reverse osmosis!

Directions: Off Route 11, 3 miles past Northern Adirondack School on the left. 1/2 mile on Brandy Brook Road

March 22, March 23, March 29, March 30

Brow’s Sugarhouse

Family Name: Wayne and Ganny Brow

89 Sugarbush Drive
West Chazy, NY 12992-3107

Phone: (518) 493-5683 / (518) 420-4448
Email: browmaple@aol.com
Activities: We will be offering free tours of the sugarhouse showing you how maple products are made. Free samples of our delicious products will be available! Sample some of our famous maple brittle! Try our jams, maple cream, & molded sugar too!

Directions: From West Chazy go north on Rt 22 about 2 miles, left turn on Sugar Bush Drive. From Sciota go south on Rt 22 about 4 miles, turn right on Sugar Bush Drive. Look for our signs on Sugar Bush Drive.

March 22, March 23, March 29, March 30

Homestead Maple

Family Name: David & Angela Swan

1075 Lake Shore Road
Chazy, NY 12921

Phone: (518) 846-3192
Email: info@homesteadmaple.com

Activities: Come Taste the Tradition with us! Maple Cream, Maple Soda, Maple Equipment for the smaller sugarmaker. Open 10-4 all 4 days!

Directions: From I-87N, exit 41, right on Spellman Rd, left on Route 9. In about 6 miles turn right on Dunn Rd.Continue on Dunn to Lake Shore Rd. Turn left and continue north until you see the sugarhouse on the left. Maple leaf windows on the doors, steam at the top!

March 22, March 23, March 29, March 30

Locations in Essex County; 

Black Rooster Maple

Family Name: Kirk & Kristy Bassarab

10819 NYS Route 9N
Keene, NY 12942

Phone: (518) 576-9792
Email: bassarab@mail.com

Activities: Please join us for sugarhouse tours and samples of warm maple syrup. We will have samples of Kristy’s famous maple candies and delicious maple cream. Learn about the process of maple syrup production from tree to table. We are a 450-tap operation onvacuum-assisted sap lines with a wood-fired evaporator. Open both weekends, look for the billowing steam directly on Route 9M in the heart of Keene – home of the High Peaks!

Directions: located directly on Route 9N, Keene

March 22, March 23, March 29, March 30

Cornell Univ – Uihlein Forest

Family Name: Mike Farrell

157 Bear Cub Lane
Lake Placid, NY 12946-3114

Phone: (518) 523-9337
Email: mlf36@cornell.edu

Activities: Visitors will have a guided tour of the entire syrup production process, beginning in the sugarbush where the sap is collected and ending in the sugarhouse where people can see, smell, and taste fresh maple syrup being made. Visitors will also learn aboutongoing research projects and a variety of maple products will be available for sale in the gift shop. More Than Maple: Guided Educational Tours of Maple, Birch, and Walnut Syrup Production.

Directions: From Lake Placid take Rt 73 (Cascade Rd) east for 1.5 miles. Turn right at the Horseshow grounds onto Old Military Road. Continue for .7 miles; turn left at the sign for Uihlein Sugar Maple Field Station onto Bear Cub Rd. Proceed .8 miles to sugarhouse.

March 22, March 23, March 29, March 30

Maple Knoll Farm

Family Name: Eric Klippel

784 14th Road
Minerva, NY 12851

Phone: (518) 251-5141
Email: eric.klippel@gmail.com

Activities: Continuing an Adirondack Tradition… Pure Maple Syrup – Coffee – Homemade Doughnuts with Maple Cream

Directions: Exit 26 off Rt 87 , right on Rt 9. At Wells house stay left, go 6 miles to Olmstedville. Right at Sullivan’s Store,g o approx 2.5 miles on Morse Mem Hwy to Town Shed Rd, go left. Cross Rt 28N onto 14th Rd. The Sugar House is about 1/2 mile on the right.

March 22, March 23, March 29, March 30

The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort

Family Name: Generations Restaurant

Generations Restaurant
Lake Placid, NY 12946

Phone: (518) 837-5052
Email: jeremy@golden-arrow.com

Activities: GOLDEN ARROW: Maple activities ADD-ON package will be available the entire month of March. Will include a meal from the Maple menu and a tour of a maple making facility. GENERATIONS: will feature a special maple menu, including maple flavored snow forkids! There will be demonstrations of our maple syrup evaporator, various tastings of maple syrup and lots of fun to be had!

Directions: Located on Main Street Lake Placid, across from the Municipal Parking lot.

March 22, March 23, March 29, March 30

Locations in Franklin County; 

Deno’s Sugar Shack

Family Name: Kyle Deno

1490 St Rt 11
Brushton, NY 12916-

Phone: (518) 572-6240 / (518) 529-0776
Email: kyledeno@yahoo.com
Activities: NEW sugar house! Come see our maple syrup demo on a NEW Max Revolution Evaporator by Leader

Directions: Route 11 10 miles West of Malone

March 22, March 23, March 29, March 30

Friend’s Maple Products

Family Name: Alan & Mary Friend

402 Spencer Road
Burke, NY 12917-3114

Phone: (518) 483-5559
Email: mfriend1962@yahoo.com
Activities: Free horsedrawn wagon rides to the sugarbush to see the tapping. Syrup,maple lollipops, maple cotton, maple cream and homemade donuts for sale. Don’t miss a taste of ice cream with fresh maple syrup! Enter our drawing for a free gift basket of maple products.

Directions: Off Route 11, Chataugay and Malone, 2 miles down Spencer Road. Watch for signs.

March 22, March 23, March 29, March 30

Moon Valley Maple

Family Name: Titus Mountain Ski Slopes

Titus Mountain Family Ski Center
215 Johnson Road
Malone, NY 12953-

Phone: (800) 848-8766 / (518) 483-3740
Email: titusmt@westelcom.com

Activities: Interactive tour of the sugar house! Waffle breakfast! Great syrup! Great atmospher! Great Skiing! We will also be serving several dishes with our maple being the key ingredient!

March 22, March 23, March 29, March 30

Paul Smith’s College VIC

Family Name: contact: Brian McDonnell

8023 State Route 30
Paul Smiths, NY 12970-

Phone: (518) 327-6241
Email: bmcdonnell@paulsmiths.edu

Activities: We offer student led interpretive walks to the VIC sugar bush; sap to syrup workshops; a community maple program, and an Adopt a Maple project. We will celebrate the grand opening of our new sugar house on the first maple weekend, and host a Maple Sap Run/Walk on March 29. We will also have maple confections and other products available for sale.

Directions: see our website www.adirondackvic.org for driving directions

March 22, March 23, March 29, March 30

The Wild Center

Family Name: The Wild Center at Tupper Lake

45 Museum Drive
Tupper Lake, NY 12946-9712

Phone: (518) 359-7800
Email: info@wildcenter.org

Activities: On March 22nd it is All Maple Day all day with maple stories, crafts, and tastings at The Wild Center.The Adirondack Museum will share some of the local stories of maple through historical objects and pictures from the past. You can also take a maple tourwith experienced naturalists at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm as they tell the story of maple sugaring through the stages of tapping, processing, and finally getting to the sweet part, maple sugar. Take a closer look at an operational evaporator, catch some running sap and drill your own tap as we explore the local maple sugaring story. Learn how you can sugar at home. Free pancake breakfast 9am-11am. Go the wildcenter.org events page to register. Open March 22, 23, 29 & 30 for tastings & tour of the evaporator.

Directions: Please visit wildcenter.org for directions.

March 22, March 23, March 29, March 30

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