FORT ANN, N.Y. — The end of February means one thing: it’s almost maple time! Just before the season is in full force, Commissioner Richard Ball will visit Battle Hill Maple, at 470 County Rt 16 in Fort Ann, on Friday March 13 at noon. Ball will help sugarmakers Greg and Janet Lapan tap their trees. Other local dignitaries invited to the tapping include Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, Assemblyman Dan Stec, Senator Betty Little, and the members of the Washington County Board of Supervisors.
Sugarmakers in the Upper Hudson region are eager to welcome visitors during Maple Weekends on March 21-22 and 28-29. The producers of the Upper Hudson Maple Producers Association will open their doors to visitors looking to enjoy the region’s fresh maple and learn how to cook and bake with maple syrup, maple sap, and a variety of other maple drinks and confections. Most sites are open free of charge while others will collect a modest fee for a delicious pancake breakfast.
Maple Weekend began in 1995 as “Maple Sunday,” so this year marks the 25th anniversary of the event and now spans 4 days during two different weekends. The event shows off sustainable agritourism at its best.
Maple Weekends are a fantastic way to get your hands on the fine products the Upper Hudson region has to offer while also meeting the producers that make New York one of the largest maple-producing states in the United States. As sweet as the experience is, remember most sites are rustic and muddy. Wearing layers and insulated footwear is highly encouraged when navigating the sites.
For more information about New York’s Maple Weekends in the Upper Hudson region, including a list of participating farms, visit upperhudsonmaple.com.
–Upper Hudson Maple Producers Association
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