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Maple Syrup: 14 Sweet Sugar Shacks

2020 Maple Syrup Weekends are
March 21-22 and March 28-29

March is officially Maple Syrup month in New York State, but there are ways to enjoy 100% pure New York maple syrup all year long!

Besides buying it at a market, like Brighton Farm Market or the Rochester Public Market, here are a few places we look forward to visiting during late-winter to early-spring.

Start enjoying in
January & February

Kettle Ridge Maple Farm pancake truck
Kettle Ridge Farm Pancake Food Truck
Kettle Ridge farm
Kettle Ridge Maple Farm barn
Kettle Ridge Maple Farm tasting room
Kettle Ridge Farm

1. Kettle Ridge Farm


Stop by Kettle Ridge Farm for Pancake Sundays starting in January. It’s also the perfect time to adopt-a-maple!

During Maple Syrup Weekend in March between 10am to 4pm, enjoy fresh maple syrup samples in the tasting room, tours of the sugarhouse and farm with pancakes in the barn—pancake truck open until 2pm.

Cartwrights Maple Tree Inn
Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn
Cartwrights Maple Collection
Cartwrights Maple Tree Inn product
Cartwrights Maple Tree Inn entrance

2. Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn


Open only during maple syrup season, it’s never too early to start planning a trip to Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn!

After a beautiful 90 minute drive south to Angelica, you will be enjoying the most celebrated all-you-can-eat buckwheat pancakes, topped with maple syrup drawn from 8,000 of the family’s trees.

Because they are only open mid-February – mid-April, Cartwright’s draws thousands of people from hundreds of miles around. Weekends get pretty busy, especially during Maple Syrup Weekend, and parking in the lot and along the road gets a little crazy, though it doesn’t usually take more than a 1/2 hour to get in.

And it may be cold lining up outside, but it’s toasty warm (sometimes hot!) inside where they cook the pancakes on a very large griddle which can handle 700 pancakes an hour, so service is quick.

3. Moore’s Maple Shack and Pancake House


Like Cartwright’s, they are open for breakfast during the season only, roughly March 1-April 15 each year, except Mondays and Easter Sunday, but also open Sundays in January and February

No need to wait for Maple Syrup Weekend! They share a similar story with Cartwright’s with multi-generational sugarmakers, and all-you-can-eat buttermilk pancakes drawing crowds from across the state.

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Maple Syrup Weekend

2020 Maple Syrup Weekends are
March 21-22 and March 28-29

Celebrate the innovative process of turning sap into syrup! Stop by the places mentioned above, plus these local producers who open their sugar bush and sugar shacks to the community during Maple Syrup Weekend. 

New York State Maple Syrup Weekend Pancakes
Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn

The best way to fully appreciate fresh syrup is with a full stack of pancakes dripping with liquid gold!

Genesee Country Village Museum maple processing
Processing raw maple sap

Commercial farms, nature centers, and restaurants create a fun atmosphere offering maple-flavored cotton candy, ice cream, BBQ sauce, milkshakes, mustard, scones, cheesecake, popcorn, hot chocolate, baked beans, or sugar on snow.

Genesee Country Village Museum syrup snow
GCV&M sugar on snow

This is also a prime opportunity for them to sell products including maple syrup, candy, butter, and cream.

These maple-licious destinations (also shown in our Google map) have a similar agenda of activities that likely include:

  • Walking through the sugar bush to see maple trees tapped with spiles, using buckets or bags for collection.
  • Learn to identify maple trees suitable for tapping (species and age are significant!)
  • Learn about the logistics for getting sap to the sugar shack.
  • Watch the sap boil, and water evaporate. Learn what temperature it needs to be heated to.
  • Learn about old-fashioned techniques and modern technological advances in food & tree safety and quality (reverse osmosis, vacuum pumps, UV lights, tubing systems).
Shadow Hill Maple Farm tapped trees
Shadow Hill Maple Syrup property
Shadow Hill Maple Syrup tasting
Shadow Hill Maple Farm Ontario
Shadow Hill Maple Syrup

4. Shadow Hill Maple Syrup


Open House every weekend in March with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast available. Enjoy a half mile of gravel hiking trails through the sugar bush, including a three-acre pond, running waterfalls, and a pond with an arched bridge.

Genesee Country Village Museum maple
Genesee Country Village
Genesee Country Village Maple sugar house
Genesee Country Village Maple event

5. Genesee Country Nature Center


Head out on the Maple History Trail to learn how various tapping methods evolved, and get hands-on with the tools of the trade. Visit the new sugarhouse to see how sap is made into thick, amber maple syrup, and try a sample, then sit down to a hearty pancake breakfast to cap off the day!

Enjoy breakfast from 9 am-1 pm. Sugar Shack, Nature Center and Historic Village are open 9:30am- 4 pm. Tickets for the festival and buffet are sold separately.

I’ll update this article if I see they are having their Friday night maple-themes 21+ again this year! In 2019 there were wine tasting, maple-inspired treats, roasting marshmallows, and entertainment.

Wohlschlegel's Maple Farm Naples view
Wohlschlegel's Maple Farm
Wohlschlegel's Maple Farm Naples product

6. Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple Farm


All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast from 8am-1pm. Guided walks to the sugar bush with great views from atop the Naples Hills, and a sugar house tour.

Maple Sugrar kettle fire
Cumming Nature Center
Cumming Nature Center
maple sugar processing

7. Cumming Nature Center


Take in the gorgeous landscape; enjoy a hearty, locally sourced meal; and wander the trails. On the trail, learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques while enjoying the outdoors.

Pancake Breakfast: 9–1, with gluten-free pancakes available. Call ahead to ensure they are available when you arrive.

New York State Maple Syrup Weekends Maple Syrup Tree Tap
Helmer Nature Center

8. Helmer Nature Center


On Saturday, March 21, spend the day walking the trails as staff and volunteers take you through the sugaring process. Help collect sap, stop at the evaporator and watch it cook into syrup. Make & sample maple treats such as maple ice cream, sugar on snow, cornbread w/syrup, cookies & milkshakes!

Then, on Sunday, March 28, the annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Senior Center. Real maple syrup made on site!

Tapped Maple Trees Letchworth
Tapped Maple Trees in Letchworth

9. Humphrey Nature Center

Letchworth State Park

SAPturdays March 2, 9 and 16. Learn the entire history of maple sugaring, from sap to syrup. Programs cover history of maple sugaring, how maple syrup is made today, ample tree identification, and even some samples!

10. Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village


Featuring maple science demonstrations and a maple sugar tour covering the history of maple sugaring led by Maple Sugar experts and our oxen, Jack and Flynn.

This tour features hands-on, interactive stops such as a 19th century sugar arch, a tree tapping station, maple cooking demonstrations in Elliott House, tasty maple sugar on snow treats, and more. Hay rides will also be provided (weather permitting).

Admission fees for programs and breakfast are separate. Reservations are recommended. 

11. Schoff’s Sugar Shack


Open house both weekends, with a Pancake Breakfast at the Thirsty Turtle in Victor on Sunday, March 24 from 9-11.

12. Packard Valley Farms


See how we harvest sap and create our own maple syrup. While you are here you can explore the sap house, sample some of our delicious syrup, and even see the sugar bush.

Other activities include pony rides, petting zoo, kids activity zone, horse drawn wagon rides and so much more!

The Log Cabin Restaurant will be featuring All You Can Eat Pancakes with Packard Valley Farm’s syrup. Parking is available at both locations and there will be free tractor/wagon rides to take you back and forth.

13. Gaeta Family Farm


No pancake breakfast here, but the owners are excited to show you around the property and thrill you with the chemistry of syrup production–Tony Gaeta is a retired research scientist.  

There is a newly constructed sugar house to process maple tree sap collected from 200+ taps on this property and on Upper Mountain road. Even though they are a small producer, they utilize state of the art equipment to make maple syrup.

14. Wolf Maple Products


See, smell, and taste your way through the maple sugaring process from 10am-4pm. Take a tram ride out to the sugar bush.

Kettle Ridge Maple Farm syrup

Did you know that Maple Syrup is entirely a North American product?

New York, Vermont, and Ontario, Canada are the prime commercial locations able to harvest maple tree sap to produce syrup, along with a few other locations around the Great Lakes and New England.

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