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Have a Sweet Time at Capital Region Maple Syrup Farms Near Albany, NY

Are you a fan of the sweet and delicious taste of maple syrup? Looking for a fun and educational activity to enjoy with your family? Head to one of the various Capital Region maple syrup farms near Albany, NY!

Whether it's March or April when the sap is flowing abundantly, or any time of the year, certain establishments provide maple syrup products, tours, tastings, and more.

a leaf shaped bottle of maple syrup

A Quick History of Maple Sugaring

Maple syrup was harvested by Native Americans long before the arrival of European settlers in the 1600s. Both the Algonquins and the Iroquois tapped maple trees and harvested the sweet energy-giving sap within.

European colonists soon followed suit, boiling and processing maple sap into maple syrup over a fire in a "sugar shack."

The invention of the tin can in the 1800s advanced the storage of food and soon made it possible to harvest and distribute maple syrup on a larger scale. Dairy farmers would often build sugar shacks and tap their property's trees each spring to supplement their income.

maple pails

This process of tapping, boiling, and creating maple syrup went largely unchanged right through the 1970s, when safer and more efficient maple sugaring methods were created as a direct result of the energy crisis.

How Do You Make Maple Syrup?

sap pouring from a tap into a bucket

The maple sugaring process typically begins in late February or early March when warm daytime temperatures and freezing nights create an ideal environment for the Sugar Maple tree's sap to flow.

During this time frame, you are likely to see maple sugaring buckets throughout our region and in Vermont.

Experience NYS Maple Weekend

If you love maple, then you don't want to miss the annual NYS Maple Weekend. Taking place over two weekends in March, NYS Maple Weekend is the best time to visit participating maple syrup farms for samples, activities, pancakes, and more.

The dates for the 2024 NYS Maple Weekend are:

  • March 16 - 17
  • March 23 - 24

Participants are open 10:00am-4:00pm each day of the event, unless otherwise noted.

Where to Find Local Maple Farms

inside a maple sugar house

There are several maple syrup farms near Albany and throughout the Capital Region. Below, you can read about some of these local producers, their offerings, and details for NYS Maple Weekend.

Mountain Winds Farm

two men standing outdoors in winter

Mountain Winds Farm in Berne creates all-natural maple products, including syrups, candy, BBQ sauces, vinegars, rubs, and more. You can catch them at local farmers markets and visit them at the farm in spring during the annual NYS Maple Weekend.

2024 Maple Weekend Details:

Make plans to visit Mountain Winds Farm during NYS Maple Weekend! On March 16, 17, 23, and 24, 2024 the farm will be making maple syrup. A pancake breakfast will be offered at different locations:

  • March 16 - Berne Reformed Church in Berne: 8:00am-12:00pm
  • March 17 - Berne Firehouse in Berne: 8:00am-12:00pm
  • March 23 - Lutheran Church in Berne: 8:00am-11:00am
  • March 24 - Masonic Lodge in Berne

Sugar Oak Farms

sugar oak farms
Photo Courtesy of Sugar Oak Farms

Specializing in everything maple, Sugar Oak Farms in Malta has a fantastic store that offers pure maple syrup and products, such as maple jelly, tea, and even coffee. They also have maple gift boxes that would be perfect for a sweet present.

2024 Maple Weekend Details:

Head on over to Sugar Oak Farms for NYS Maple Weekend if you're searching for some great syrup! They will be participating on March 16, 17, 23, and 24, 2024. Learn how maple syrup is made, attend tours, and enjoy free samples of maple peanuts.

Wild Hill Maple

wild hill maple grades

The owners of Wild Hill Maple in Salem are passionate about maple sugaring and have been producing award-winning syrup since 2002. If you'd like to learn more about the process, you can contact them and arrange a visit and tasting.

Or, stop by their shop and browse the great selection of maple syrup and goods.

2024 Maple Weekend Details:

A great place to visit during NYS Maple Weekend is Wild Hill Maple. They are going to participate on March 16, 17, 23, and 24, 2024. Their events are family friendly with a kids corner, and they are offering many maple products. Enjoy free raffles and tours of their sugarhouse.

Mapleland Farms

mapleland farms syrup

Located in Salem, Mapleland Farms works hard to produce the highest-quality maple products in New York State. Each year, the farm taps over 600 acres of sugar maples across their property and crafts extraordinary maple syrup and candies. Tours and tastings are available by appointment.

2024 Maple Weekend Details:

Another fantastic place to visit during NYS Maple Weekend is Mapleland Farms! The farm will be participating on March 16, 17, 23, and 24, 2024.

Each day they will be offering an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast. This will be served from 9:00am-1:00pm. While you are visiting, go on their self guided tour as well.

Nightingale's Maple Farm

This family-owned maple farm in Amsterdam has been producing pure maple syrup for over 40 years, and visitors are welcome to shop at their maple store year round. They offer jugs of maple syrup, sugar candies, jelly, granulated sugar, and other treats.

2024 Maple Weekend Details:

Visit Nightingale's Maple Farm during NYS Maple Weekend. Their farm will be participating on March 16, 17, 23, and 24, 2024.

Enjoy a personalized tour of their sugarbush and sugarhouse. They will be offering samples of their syrup on fritters, allowing you to learn what your favorite grade syrup is!

Maple Hill Farms

Take a trip to Maple Hill Farms in Cobleskill and enjoy a tour of their Sap House, which is open year round (best time is in the spring when they are boiling).

This family-owned and operated maple farm features a country store where you can buy syrup, sugar candies, maple cream, pancake mixes, eggs, and more.

2024 Maple Weekend Details:

Maple Hill Farms is the place to be during this upcoming NYS Maple Weekend. They will be participating on March 16, 17, 23, and 24, 2024, boiling sap into maple syrup.

Other highlights will include free maple samples, sugar on snow, and tractor hay rides, weather permitting.

These are just some of the different maple syrup farms you can find throughout the region. Come experience the world of maple syrup production for yourself this year!

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