Around this time last year, our family visited Crown Maple at Madava Farms for New York State Maple Weekends. This year, New York State has approximately 160 farms and museums that are participating in this event taking place on the weekends of March 19-20 and April 2-3. This is a great time for your family to visit a maple farm, tour a sugar house to see how maple syrup is made and sample syrup and other treats for free (at most places).
Growing up, my family used syrup from those plastic bottles (hanging my head in shame!). When I met my husband, he introduced me to pure maple syrup and I haven’t looked back since. At first, I balked at the price of the syrup. $18 for a small container?!! After visiting Modava Farms and seeing how the syrup is made has given me more appreciation of pure maple syrup. It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup!
To plan your visit you can check out the NYS Maple Weekend site and search for a participating maple farm near you. Many of the farms also serve pancake breakfasts (for a fee).