How sweet it is! Word is spreading about New York maple syrup. Generally produced in forests where no herbicides or pesticides are used, most of New York’s maple syrup is considered organic. More sweet news: Maple syrup contains minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients!
Did you know that New York is one of very few places in the world where Sugar Maple trees (our official state tree) thrive and maple syrup is produced? Historians say Native Americans taught early settlers in this area how to create this delicious natural treat. Today New York State is one of the world’s top two producers of maple syrup.
New Yorkers enjoy a rich history of celebrating Maple Season, which runs from late February into April. Sugar houses welcome visitors with samples, tours and demonstrations of syrup-making, from tree to table. During Maple Weekends in March, more than 100 Catskill and Adirondack maple farms hold open houses. Activities at participating farms may include horse and wagon rides, petting zoos, snowshoeing and guided walks in the maple woods.
Some maple farms offer overnight accommodations and events like pancake breakfasts. Many communities host festivals with entertainment, children’s programs, craft fairs, contests and maple treats like maple cream, maple cotton candy, maple sugar, and the rich amber-colored syrup we all love.
About 90 minutes north of New York City by car or Metro North Railroad (to Cold Spring), Hudson Valley Maple Farm at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center hosts family programs and a Maple Syrup festival every March. The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown presents Sugaring Off Sundays each weekend in March. Join the annual Finger Lakes extravaganza, theal New York Central New York Maple Festival, in Marathon in April.
Open year-round, Sprague's Maple Farms in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region celebrates maple season at their sugarhouse, with tree tapping demonstrations and old-fashioned family fun. Restaurant menu specialties use their signature syrup as a key ingredient.
You will find many maple recipes and lots more information on maple syrup, farm tours, and festivals held from February through April, at the New York State Maple Association.