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Like maple syrup? Makers are opening their doors

Maple producers across the state will host an industry-wide open house during the New York State Maple Producer Association’s Maple Weekends.

Sugarhouses will throw open their doors to show visitors how they extract and process maple sap to produce maple syrup and other maple products. Some will have special activities, such as horse and wagon rides, snowshoeing and guided walks. There will be various pancake breakfast scheduled throughout the weekend and a wide array of maple products for sale.

Last year, maple producers made 601,000 gallons of maple syrup, one of the highest production rates ever. It takes 40 gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. A lower yield is expected this year because of the winter’s warmer-than-usual temperatures.

Maple Weekend takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19-20 and two weeks later on April 2-3. Admission is free, but some additional activities may cost extra.

For a searchable list of participating sugarhouses, visit MapleWeekend.com.

email: schristmann@buffnews.com