Rochester-area producers will take part in final Maple Weekend
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The final Maple Weekend, part of Maple Month to showcase New York State’s maple syrup products, will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Many Rochester-area farms are participating with pancake and maple syrup breakfasts, tours, and maple product sampling.
The state produced 845,000 gallons of maple syrup in 2022, breaking the annual record. New York continues to rank second for states with the highest maple syrup output, behind only Vermont. News10NBC reported that, although many maple syrup producers in the Eastern United States have seen a poor yield in 2023 because of the warm winter, Kettle Ridge Farm in Victor is still seeing a strong syrup flow.
“This has been a very interesting season because of the warm weather we’ve had this winter,” said Joe Hurley, the owner of Kettle Ridge Farm. “So we’ve actually made a lot more syrup this year than we did last year. It’s been a long season and it looks like it’s going to go for at least another week.”
You can see a complete list of producers across the state participating in Maple Month here. Here are some local participants:
Genesee County Village and Museum: The maple syrup festival at the Genesee County Village and Museum in Mumford runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26.
The events include a demonstration of preparing maple syrup at the Sugar House using a wood-fired evaporator. There’s also a demonstration from costumed historic interpreters showing how early settlers collected sap. After, you can enjoy pancakes with maple syrup made at the GCV&M.
You can also learn about the Haudenosaunee people’s cultural traditions and storytelling traditions during maple sugaring season. See the full schedule for the festival here.
Timber Trails Forest Farm: The family-owned farm at 5565 Country Road 33 in Canandaigua is holding tours and tastings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26.
You can see the farm’s new carbon-neutral, all-electric maple lodge, which includes New York State’s first electric evaporator. You can also try Amber, Dark, and Bourbon-Barrel Aged Maple Syrup. Learn more here.
Shadow Hill Maple Festival in Ontario: Shadow Hill farm is holding all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts this month. You can also sample maple products and see demonstrations on maple syrup tapping and processing.
Some products for sale include maple granola, maple covered nuts, maple cotton candy, maple hot sauce, maple barbecue sauce, maple mustard, maple cream, infused maple syrup, and bourbon-aged maple syrup. Learn more here.
Pancake breakfasts at the farm on 7259 Lakeside Road in Ontario are $12 for adults and $7 for children. They’re held on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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- March 25-26
Keyes’ Trout Brook Sugarhouse in Honeoye Falls: You can enjoy samples of maple syrup products at Keyes’ Trout Brook Sugarhouse on 296 Taylor Road in Honeoye Falls. Some products available at the facility and online include molded sugar, maple spread, and locally tapped maple syrup.
You can also see and smell maple syrup as it is boiled down from sap in a wood-fired evaporator and learn more about making maple products. They’re held on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- March 25-26
Sugarhouse is also holding a pancake breakfast, which will take place at the Mendon Fire Hall on 101 Mendon Ionia Road. The breakfast is a fundraiser for the Boy Scout Troops 105 & 56. Presale tickets for are $7 for a child or senior and $9 for an adult. The breakfast will take place on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn more here.
Kettle Ridge Farm in Victor: You can enjoy a variety of maple dishes at Kettle Ridge Farm at 515 Log Cabin Road in Victor.
The menu includes pancakes with maple syrup, maple yogurt parfait yogurt, maple donuts, and maple whipped iced coffee. You can see the full menu here. You can come to the farm to eat from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on these Saturdays and Sundays:
- March 25-26
Schoff’s Sugar Shack in Victor: Schoff’s Sugar Shack is organizing a pancake breakfast at the Victor Village Inn at 34 East Main Street. The breakfast, which costs $12, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on these Saturdays and Sundays.
- March 25-26
Maple Madness is also at the inn. You can get pancakes any time up until 8 pm. There will also be maple-themed beverages, maple wing sauce, and NCAA March Madness games on TV. You can learn more about Maple Madness and the farm stand in Victor here.