March Means Maple! Find Maple Farms & Events in the Lake George Area
March is maple season, and it's the best time of the year to explore maple farms and events in the Lake George area and southern Adirondacks. New York State is second only to Vermont when it comes to maple production nationwide, and we celebrate that fact all month long with festivities and sweet treats.
2024 NYS Maple Weekend in the Lake George Area
Each year, the New York State Maple Producers Association presents NYS Maple Weekend. Participating maple farms welcome visitors to enjoy free samples, tours, activities like hay rides, breakfast items (for a fee), and more.
The 2024 NYS Maple Weekend is scheduled for March 16-17 and March 23-24. Unless other noted, participants will be open each day of the event from 10:00am-4:00pm. Pancake breakfasts may only be served during specific hours as well.
Below, you can discover some of the fantastic farms and producers that will be participating in this family-friendly maple celebration:
Valley Road Maple Farm: 190 Valley Road, Thurman, NY
NYS Maple Weekend Details: Serving pancakes 9am to 1pm each day, open for tours and samples until 4pm, also open May 8 & 9 for Thurman Maple Days.
Toad Hill Maple Farm: 137 Charles Olds Road, Athol, NY 12810
NYS Maple Weekend Details: Take a wagon ride over their covered bridge through their sugarbush.
Rathbun's Maple Sugar House: 1208 Hatch Hill Rd, Whitehall, NY
NYS Maple Weekend Details: Homemade breakfast will be served including French toast, pancakes, and more. There will be boiling and horse drawn wagon rides, dependent on weather.
Grottoli's Maple: 91 Ritchie Rd, Middle Granville, NY
NYS Maple Weekend Details: Tours of the sugar house will take place. Grottoli's will be offering a pancake breakfast too.
Hidden Hollow Maple Farm: 312 Dippikill Rd, Warrensburg, NY
NYS Maple Weekend Details: Showcasing their sap collection systems and boiling, if weather permits. Samples will be provided.
Maple Valley Farm: 84 Harris Rd, Corinth, NY
NYS Maple Weekend Details: Go on a tour and understand how the 6th generation family produces their maple.
Mapleland Farm: 525 Bunker Hill Road, Salem, NY 12865
NYS Maple Weekend Details: All you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast 9am to 1pm each day. Open for self-guided woods-walk.
Twin Leaf Farms: 200 Hyspot Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833
NYS Maple Weekend Details: Come visit them and see first-hand the process of how they make maple syrup.
Want to learn more about NYS Maple Weekend?Check out the event website for full details and list of participants >>
2024 Thurman Maple Days: Three Weekends of Fun
If you're a maple fan, then you don't want to miss out on the annual Thurman Maple Days near Lake George, which is scheduled for three weekends, March 9-10, 16-17, and 23-24, 2024.
Thurman Maple Days participants are located throughout the Thurman/Athol/Warrensburg region, so plan a self-guided tour to each one. Meet your local maple producers, sample syrup and products, and enjoy other activities on the farm.
Learn About the Tradition of Maple Sugaring in the Southern Adirondacks
Here in Lake George and the southern Adirondacks, there are many local maple farms that produce the sweet syrup you know and love. The sap to syrup process is known as maple sugaring, and it typically takes place from late February through early April, depending on the weather.
Over the years, the tradition has evolved and now involves the use of vacuum pumps and tubing to tap sugar maple trees. These trees are tapped when they are at least 30 years old, often closer to 40, and can support three taps at a time.
The tap allows sap to flow into a collection area, such as an evaporator house or buckets. Once enough sap is collected, it is heated/boiled, and then the resulting syrup is filtered.
This traditional maple sugaring process is conducted throughout the Lake George area each year. There are maple farms in Warrensburg and Thurman, a wide array within nearby Washington County, and even more in and around the Adirondack Park.