Map Your March Maple Madness Destinations in Washington County
Editor's Note (3/16/2020): As of Monday, March 16, 2020, out of an abundance of caution, the New York State Maple Producers Association has cancelled the 2020 NYS Maple Weekend on March 21-22, and 28-29. Individual maple producers will still produce, stock, and market their crop of maple products (some available online for purchase). Please contact them directly to order your favorite products. An alternative series of open houses is being planned for later in the year. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What's sweet and delicious, contains healthful minerals, and goes well with pancakes, waffles, ice cream, and more? Maple syrup, of course! And that's only one of the many magnificent maple products. If you haven't yet heard of New York State's Maple Weekends you'll definitely want to get in on this sweet action, happening in 2020 on March 21 to 22, and March 28 to 29.
Photo credit: Alan Nudi
Every spring, members of the New York State Maple Producers Association invite the public to visit their sugar houses and farms to learn about the unique tradition of maple production - this is unlike any other agricultural domain. The majority of events, activities, and tastings are free minus the pancake breakfasts and any maple treats you decide to purchase to take home.
Guests enjoy samples of authentic maple syrup, maple candy, and other sweets along with pancake breakfasts, maple sugar house tours, horse wagon rides, and more. The official time is 10am to 4pm for each day of Maple Weekends, although some participants start earlier in the day. Below, we've highlighted nearby participating maple farms and activities going on in Washington County, which is known for its robust agricultural businesses. These maple farms and sugar houses are just a short drive away from the Glens Falls region.
Nearby Sugar Houses & Farms Participating in Maple Weekends
Photo credit: Alan Nudi
Over the two Maple Weekends, visitors embark on a self-guided tour to participating farms (you can head to one, two, or more) to enjoy tastings, treats, and tours. The majority of maple farms are family-run businesses who have been engaging in the tradition of maple production for many years. They're passionate about what they do, and they can't wait to share this time honored tradition with visiting families.
Check Out the 2020 Washington County Maple Sugarmakers Map
Here's who is participating this year (click map for larger image):
- Battlehill Maple, 470 Route 16, Fort Ann, NY 12827
- Dry Brook Sugar House, 432 Chambers Road, Salem, NY 12865
- Grottoli's Maple, 91 Ritchie Road, Middle Granville, NY 12849
- Highland Maple Farm, 954 Coach Road, Argyle, NY 12809
- Mapleland Farms, 647 Bunker Hill Road, Salem, NY 12865
- Rathbun's Maple Sugar House, 1208 Hatch Hill Road, Whitehall, NY 12887
- River Run Maple, 25 Lower Turnpike Road, Granville, NY 12832
- Schneible Maple, 396 Dutchtown Road, Argyle, NY 12809
- Sugar Mill Farm, 2469 State Route 29, Greenwich, NY 12834
- Wild Hill Maple, 366 Carney Cassidy Road, Salem, NY 12865
Pro Tips for Traveling to Maple Farms
Click on the above map for a larger version and either print it, or take a screenshot on your phone. These sugar houses are out in farm country, and you'll want to have the map should you lose service on your phone (and GPS).
Some of the activities take place outdoors on working farms, so keep this in mind in terms of your clothing and footwear. March is still chilly in New York State, and there's likely to be a combination of mud and snow on the ground.
Maple Weekends in Washington County: Specific Activities & Events Taking Place March 21 - 22, and March 28 - 29
2020 Maple Goodies & Kids Fun at Wild Hill Maple
Wild Hill Maple in Salem is once again offering fun activities for kids, including making their own maple candy and snagging a delicious maple cookie treat. They'll have all of their maple products for sale along with tea, coffee, and cocoa. Guests can check out goodies from Give Me Some Sugar, and they're hoping to have Greek maple yogurt and drinkable maple yogurt.
2020 Horse Drawn Wagon Rides at Dry Brook Sugar House
Dry Brook Sugar House in Salem will be serving a pancake breakfast from 8am to 2pm (note: this starts earlier than most Maple Weekend activities). They'll have horse-drawn wagon rides, weather permitting, and delicious pancake breakfasts.
2020 More Maple Fun at Mapleland Farms
Mapleland Farms will be offering guided walks on their sugarbrush nature trail, demonstrations of sap collection and sap boiling, and tastings of bourbon barrel-aged syrup and maple cotton candy.
2020 Year-Round Sweets & Treats at Rathbun's Maple Sugar House
Rathbun's Maple Sugar House has its own restaurant that is open year-round, although it certainly gets busy on Maple Weekends! (Our suggestion: come early, they open at 7am.) They serve up whole wheat pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, old fashioned oatmeal, sausage, biscuits and gravy, French toast, waffles, and eggs. Horse drawn wagon rides will be available, weather permitting.
Keep the Mapley Goodness Going in Washington County
Can't make it out for Maple Weekends, March 22nd and 23rd, and March 28th and 29? Some of the farms advertise they're open year-round, such as Grottoli's Maple and Schneible Maple, although you'll likely want to call ahead before visiting. However, in the Northeast, March means maple, and this is the prime time to explore area maple farms and sugar houses, so get out there if you can!