Feb 25 Tap Into Spring: New York Maple Season is Here
In the long stretch of a New York State winter, there’s nothing we look forward to more than seeing tap lines winding through the sugarbush. It’s a sure sign that spring is on the way, but more importantly, that fresh maple syrup isn’t far behind!
Every February and March, producers all over the northeast tap into their maple trees to catch as much sap as they can. The season depends on weather conditions, and sap usually runs for an incredibly small window of time — from 3-8 weeks on average.
The average maple tree will produce 9 to 13 gallons of sap per season, which results in about one quart of maple syrup, depending on the sap’s sugar content. That’s hundreds of trees tapped per farm, and thousands of buckets collected every season!
As the annual boil begins, many of those producers open their sugar houses to visitors.
New York’s Maple Traditions
New York State is home to the largest resource of tappable maple trees in the U.S. and over 2,000 maple sugarmakers! From tap to the table, making maple syrup is often a hands-on process. And every year, Maple Weekend acts as the culmination of the hard work that goes into the maple products we enjoy year-round.
NYS Maple has canceled the statewide official Maple Weekend for 2021, but many of our local maple producers are safely operating drive-through shopping, online ordering for take-out, limited-capacity, socially-distanced breakfasts and tap house visits, and more so you can still get your maple fix!
Be sure to contact the sugar shack you’re hoping to visit to ensure they’re open or to make any reservations. Many have also opened online shops and are shipping all over the country!
Highland Maple Farm – ARGYLE
Schneible Maple – ARGYLE
Wild Hogs Sugar Shack at MapleMilk Farm – CAMBRIDGE
Maple Valley – CORINTH
Battlehill Maple – FORT ANN
Grottoli’s Maple – GRANVILLE
Maple Acres – GRANVILLE
River Run Maple LLC – GRANVILLE
Schoolhouse Maple – GREENWICH
Sugar Mill Farm LLC – GREENWICH
Dry Brook Sugar House – SALEM
Eli Truehart – SALEM
Mapleland Farms – SALEM
Stateline Maple Farm – SALEM
Wild Hill Maple – SALEM
Adams Sugar House – SHUSHAN
Smith & Taber Maple Syrup – WHITE CREEK
Rathbun’s Maple Sugar House – WHITEHALL