Sugaring season is in full swing in Thurman, the little town with a big maple industry. In a region where historically more families than not tapped sugar maples to make syrup for pancakes and sugar for baking, late winter is a time of intensive labor. Today’s maple producers carry on the traditions of their forebears as they trek into the sugarbushes, often on snowshoes, or wearing crampons, to drill holes, set taps and run or repair lines to carry sap to the sugarhouses for boiling and processing it into a multitude of sweet treats.
Beginning March 11 and 12, continuing Saturdays and Sundays through March 26, Thurman maple producers—the four largest in Warren County--will open their sugarhouses to show how this age-old art is practiced with the help of technological advancements. Each weekend offers open barns at Adirondack Gold, Valley Road, Hidden Hollow and Toad Hill maple farms, all offering free tours of sugarbushes and sugarhouses, with demonstrations and talks about tapping, evaporating, filtering and candy-making. Enjoy, too, at Toad Hill, wagon rides to the sugar bush through a traditional covered bridge, and some non-tradition fun with a trebuchet. Expect some wonderful samples and great shopping for an expanded inventory of maple treats. Also hosting will be Martin’s Lumber & Certified Tree Farm—featuring handsome maple slabs, Lucyann’s craft specialties, woodworking, silver smithing - all with demonstrations. Peru Llama Farm offers llama kisses and information and author-signed books. Nettle Meadow Farm offers cheese tasting (check out their new award-winning cheeses!) and, weather permitting, hourly farm tours. Activities at all sites run 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Valley Road Maple Farm opens an hour early each day, serving pancakes and Oscar’s sausages from 9 till 1. Read more and download the brochure and map from our web site. Be sure to take a camera and email your best shots to ThurmanInfo@aol.com for future event publicity. Download map and guide at www.ThurmanMapleDays.com. More information: Randy Galusha, 518-623-4744 firstname.lastname@example.org