CLINTON — Shaw's Maple Products, 7945 Maxwell Road, will be among the 17 sugarhouses in Oneida, Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego counties to host Maple Weekends March 23-24 and March 30-31.
During Maple Weekends, visitors will have the opportunity to taste real maple syrup and experience first-hand how real maple syrup and maple confections are made.
Co-owner Carol Shaw said Maple Weekends are not only a great opportunity to highlight the family business for the community, but to also educate them on the maple syrup producing process.
"A lot of customers come and they get to see the raw sap and how it changes from a clear liquid to the maple syrup by boiling it," Shaw explained. "They get to see how the whole process is done, and it really educates people where it comes from, to how it gets to their table."
During last year's Maple Weekends, Shaw said the business featured hot, fresh out of the oven maple chocolate chip cookies that they're planning to offer again this year.
"Last year we did some homemade chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven and that was a big hit," she said. "They were made with pure maple sugar, so we eliminated the refined white and brown sugars. We might also do mini pancakes, and there will be samples of some fresh maple syrup right off the wood fire evaporator."
Shaw said, "We'll also have maple cotton candy going at all times so visitors can watch that and get a little sample bag to take with them. And we'll have our full product line available for sale with samples."
Admission will be free and visitors are encouraged to bring their families.
The farms hosting the regional 2019 Maple Weekend open house events, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., include some making maple for more than 100-175 years and others with recently-built and ultra-modern sugarmaking operations. A wide variety of pure maple products will be available for tasting and purchase. Some sites also offer woods tours.
2019 Maple Weekend sites, events and activities in the four-county region also include the International Maple Museum Centre in Croghan; the fifth annual Maple Sap 5K Run-3K Walk in Mannsville; and several pancake breakfasts.
Official New York Maple Weekend Maple Tapping Ceremonies in the region may include multiple generations of maple families, local Future Farmers of America students, and local and state dignitaries, including:
• Oneida County’s ceremony on Saturday, March 2 at Tibbetts Maple, New Hartford;
• Lewis County’s ceremony: Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at the International Maple Museum Centre, Croghan;
• Oswego County’s ceremony: Saturday, March 23 at noon at Yardley Maple, Mexico; and
• Jefferson County’s ceremony: March 30 at noon at Rudd’s Family Maple Syrup, Mannsville.
Visitors are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for winter season and sugarbush tours. Driving directions to Maple Weekend sites in the four-country region and statewide are posted at www.mapleweekend.com. Check listings as some sites are open only for the Maple Weekend Saturdays.
The 2019 Maple Weekend Sites in Oneida, Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego counties are as follows:
Oneida County Official Maple Weekend Tapping Ceremony: March 2 at 11 a.m. at Tibbitts Maple in New Hartford. The ceremony is held in advance of Maple Weekends. The sugarhouse is also open those weekends with four generations of sugarmakers and growing.
Clinton: Shaw’s Maple Products, 7945 Maxwell Road, 315-725-0547. Watch the Shaws' process of making fresh maple cotton floss with free samples.
Verona: Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School FFA Maple Market and Pancake Breakfast at the high school. Free wagon rides and guided tours of sugar operations with FFA members. Breakfasts will be held all four days from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
Jefferson County Official Maple Weekend Tapping Ceremony: noon March 30 at Rudd’s Family Maple Syrup, 16370 Balch Place, Mannsville. Visitors may taste the tradition and experience the heritage of maple at Rudd's since 1921.
Black River: Widrick Maple, 21243 Staplin Road. One of the area’s more modern sugarhouses.
Dexter: Farmhouse Maple, 22341 Route 180. There will be wagon rides, face painting and family activities.
Mannsville: Saturday, March 30 only: 8 a.m. to noon. A pancake breakfast will be held at Mannsville Methodist Church, 203 Lorraine St.
Mannsville: Saturday, March 30 at 9 a.m.: Fifth Annual Maple Sap 5K Run-3K Walk for all ages at South Jefferson Mannsville-Manor Elementary School, Route 11.
Watertown: Massey Ranch Maple, 20605 Combs Road. Visitors will see how maple syrup is made the traditional way.
Lewis County Official Maple Weekend Tapping Ceremony: 11 a.m. March 23 at the International Maple Museum Centre, 9756 Route 812, Croghan, serving pancake breakfast all four days 7 a.m. to noon.
Castorland: Swiss’er Sweet Maple, 6242 Swiss Road. Visitors may see and taste the Zehr family tradition from trees to table.
Copenhagen: Moser’s Mapleridge Farm, 3981 Wilson Road, Copenhagen. A family tradition for more than 35 years, open only on Saturday, March 23 and Saturday, March 30.
Croghan: Moser’s Maple, 9605 Croghan Reservoir Road. Visitors will see where modern syrup production meets traditional candy making.
Croghan: Pierce’s Sugar Spigot, 11603 Route 812. Visitors will see how boiling raw sap from maple trees becomes sweet maple syrup.
Croghan: Sterling Valley Maple, 9610 Croghan Reservoir Road. The operation is three generations making quality maple products.
Croghan: Yancey’s Sugarbush, 7981 Long Pond Road. Visitors are encouraged to join the several visitors in history who have visited this historic sugarbush since 1844.
Oswego County Official Maple Weekend Tapping Ceremony: noon March 23 at Yardley Maple, 524 Route 64, Mexico. Visitors may tour the sugarhouse and see sap being turned into pure maple syrup.
Fulton: Red Schoolhouse Maple and Pancake Breakfast, 2437 Route 4. There will be gourmet maple products and a pancake breakfast served all four days 8 a.m. to noon.
Hannibal: Maple Hill Farm, 86 Guernsey Road. Visitors will find maple syrup, maple cream and molded sugar.
Hannibal: Maple Hollow Farm, 1309 Route 85. Visitors may enjoy free samples of pure maple syrup, maple cream and maple fluff.
For directions and more information on Maple Weekend across New York, visit www.mapleweekend.com.