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2021 Maple Weekend is March 20-21 & 27-28

Maple Weekend 2021 is not an official state-wide event this year, allowing each farm and facility to make their own decision on how best to safely showcase their delicious maple products.

Our Favorite Places to Spend Maple Weekend

  1. Kettle Ridge Farm
  2. Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn
  3. Shadow Hill Maple Syrup
  4. Genesee Country Nature Center
  5. Cumming Nature Center
  6. Humphrey Nature Center
  7. Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple Farm
  8. Helmer Nature Center
  9. Schoff’s Sugar Shack
  10. Packard Valley Farms
  11. Wolf Maple Products

Not open to the public in 2021

  1. Moore’s Maple Shack & Pancake House

Start enjoying maple products in January & February

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.

Kettle Ridge Maple Farm pancake truck
Kettle Ridge

1. Kettle Ridge Farm

Victor

From their January 7, 2021 Facebook post, “The first of nine Pancake Sundays is upon us! Of course, things will be a bit different this season with the drive-thru format, but we’d still love to see you and share our craft with you. Online pre-orders must be submitted by FRIDAY each week at noon. Head to KettleRidgeFarm.com for more details and to place orders. Your support means everything to us!”

2021 Maple Weekend

Their food truck drive-thru and retail stand will be open, and all food items need to be pre-ordered. Orders for each Saturday must be submitted by noon the Thursday prior. Orders for each Sunday must be submitted by noon the Friday prior.

Get your orders in early as they limit the drive-thru to 25 vehicles per 30 minute window.

Cartwrights Maple Tree Inn
Cartwright’s

2. Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn

Angelica

From their February 7, 2021 Facebook post, “Feb. 16th, 2021- Gift Shop and Take Out Opening! Hours: Tues-Sun. 9-6, Seated Dining: In the works, Gift Shop

“Bourbon Maple Syrup is back- come get it before it’s gone!

“New this Season: Breakfast Special Bundles- pancake mix, syrup, ham, and sausage bundled together to cook at home!

“The new Take Out Menu is for to-go orders only. The lower prices reflect that it is different from our “All you can eat pancakes and syrup” that we offer for seated dining.”

Shadow Hill Maple Farm Ontario
Shadow Hill Maple Syrup product
Shadow Hill Maple Farm tapped trees
Shadow Hill Maple Syrup bridge
Shadow Hill

3. Shadow Hill Maple Syrup

Ontario

Saturdays & Sundays in March: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28

Serving all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast all days during open house; take-out also available. View Menu

Learn about all of the health benefits that pure maple syrup has to offer, which makes it the most beneficial natural liquid on the planet. Our sugarhouse is conveniently located in the center of the sugarbush, allowing you to walk out the door and see sap being collected first hand. Enjoy a stroll along our well-manicured trails that stretch almost a mile long.

In addition to all grades of maple syrup, they also have maple granola, maple covered nuts, maple cotton candy, maple hot sauce, maple barbecue sauce, maple mustard, maple cream, infused maple syrup and bourbon-aged maple syrup.

Explore more during Maple Weekend

March 20-21 & 27-28, 2021

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 Weekend. 

Genesee Country Village Museum maple
Genesee Country Nature Center

4. Genesee Country Nature Center

Mumford

Maple Sugar Festival

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 19-21 & 26-28

Discover all things maple! Venture onto the Nature Center’s Maple History Trail to learn how tree tapping methods evolved and get hands-on with the tools of the trade. 

Watch the Sugar House evaporator transform sap into thick, amber maple syrup, and in the Historic Village savor tales of maple sugaring origins with visiting Haudenosaunee storytellers.

Plus, indulge in their special pancake breakfast! Reservations required.

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

5. Cumming Nature Center

Naples

2021 Maple Weekend Activities

It’s time to celebrate one of New York’s sweetest spring traditions by taking a trip to the Cumming Nature Center for Maple Sugaring Weekends! Come learn more about maple syrup with us during the last two weekends of March.

We’ll be serving up a delicious, locally-sourced pancake breakfast from 9am-1pm each day. Once you’ve eaten your fill, walk off some of that sugar by following the Maple Education Trail out to the sugar shack to learn all about maple sap and syrup production.

Pancake Breakfast: 
Tickets include free family admission to all CNC trails, including the maple education trail. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Each dining time slot is 45 minutes, and ticket holders can only be accommodated during their pre-registered dining time slot.

Maple Education Trail Demonstrations: 
$5 per person/$15 per family. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Tapped Maple Trees Letchworth
Tapped Maple Trees in Letchworth

6. Humphrey Nature Center

Letchworth State Park

2021 Friends of Letchworth Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, March 21 & 28 – Order for take-out! Free tickets for timed entry are required to minimize crowds.

Demonstrations of different processes of making maple syrup will be ongoing throughout each day, including iron pot boiling, Iroquois stone boiling, and the use of a modern evaporator. Environmental educators will lead guided walks to the sugarbush where maple trees have been tapped and visitors can learn how maple sap is collected.

To-go pancake breakfasts will be available for purchase each day thanks to the Friends of Letchworth State Park. Only cash or check is accepted for pancake breakfast purchases. Picnic tables will be provided outdoors on the grounds of the Humphrey Nature Center.

Wohlschlegel's Maple Farm Naples view
Wohlschlegel’s Maple

7. Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple Farm

Naples

Enjoy the breathtaking view from Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple farm!

2021 Maple Weekend

Enjoy a farm market atmosphere featuring maple products under vendor tents with plenty of fresh air, with tastings of various maple products.

The sugarhouse will be open to check out the boiling process or view sap flowing into the 4,000-gallon holding tank, weather permitting.

No pancake breakfast this year.

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

8. Helmer Nature Center

Irondequoit

2021 March Maple Activities

1-Hour Wednesday Maple Sugaring Walks

Come to the nature center for a tour of our maple sugaring process every Wednesday in March.

Plus, Maple Sugar Saturday Tapping Tours on Saturday, March 20 and March 27.

Learn about the history of maple sugaring and see the process from tree to table. Visit our evaporator and sample a bit of real Helmer Nature Center maple syrup.

Your walk will be a group of 10-15 or less and last approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

Pre-registration required. Call 336-3035 or email to schedule a tour. $5 per person.

They will not be hosting a pancake breakfast this year.

Schoffs Sugar Shack
Schoff’s – Photo from Facebook

9. Schoff’s Sugar Shack

Victor

2021 Maple Weekend Activities

They will be conducting individual family tours on Sunday, March 14 and Sunday, March 21 from 12-4pm. No need to call ahead or make an appointment.

Packard Valley Farms
Packard Valley – Photo from Facebook

10. Packard Valley Farms

Macedon

2021 Maple Weekend

From Facebook, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides to the sugar bush and an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast served at the Log Cabin Restaurant.

Wolf Maple Products
Wolf Maple – Photo from Facebook

11. Wolf Maple Products

Middleport

2021 Maple Weekend

From Facebook, “Come and get your Maple syrup and maple goodies. We will have Maple hot dogs, Maple donuts, Maple popcorn,apple cotton, maple ice cream to go along with our other maple products. This is a drive thru experience.”

Kettle Ridge Maple Farm syrup
Maple Syrup from Kettle Ridge

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.

New York State Maple Syrup Weekend Pancakes
Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn
Genesee Country Village Museum maple processing
processing raw sap
Genesee Country Village Museum syrup snow
sugar on snow

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

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.

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

These maple-licious destinations 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).

Not participating in 2021

These are still some of our favorite sugar shacks, and we hope to be able to spend time with them once again in 2022.

Moores Maple Shack
Moore’s – Photo from Facebook

12. Moore’s Maple Shack and Pancake House

Freedom

From their website, “It deeply saddens us to have to make another post like this again, however, we have decided to remain closed for the 2021 season. We will keep everyone posted on when we start boiling for the season – and when 2021’s syrup will be available. We will also be announcing days where you can stop in for syrup, frozen sausage, or pancake mix at a later date!”

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