Sweet Stuff: NYC Area Maple Sugaring Spots

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An outing to see how maple syrup is made combines many of our favorite things: the first signs of spring, fresh air with the family, a double-hitter of education (science and history) and, of course, tasting the sweet stuff — sometimes even with pancakes. We found a maple sugaring outing for all tastes, from back-to-basics demonstrations at nature preserves to full-on fests and pancake brunches. Click on through to find your sweet spot! 

For Organic Maple Syrup and High Tech Facilities: Madava Farms

If you like your syrup packaged like a hipster’s whisky and want to check out a modern syrup-making facility, head north to Madava Farms, home to Crown Maple syrup. (They say it's "quite possibly the purest maple syrup on Earth.") The farm will be hosting Maple Weekends on March 18 & 19, 25 & 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See tapping demonstrations, take a self-guided tour of the facility and enjoy complimentary tastings of maple cotton candy, maple popcorn and other treats. After roasting a marshmallow around the patio fire pit, you can grab lunch made with locally-sourced ingredients at The Farm Stand, the facility’s farm-to-table restaurant and market.

Time from NYC: About two hours
March 18 & 19; March 25 & 26
Tickets: Free
47 McCourt Rd.
Dover Plains Ny
Online: crownmaple.com

photo: via Crown Maple Facebook page


Where do you head to see how maple syrup is made? Tell us in the comments below!

—Mimi O’Connor

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