New York State Maple Weekend 2016

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The annual New York State Maple Weekend(s) are coming up later this month -- March 19-20 and April 2-3. What are these weekends and why are they so sappy? Blurbage from the New York State Maple Producers Association:

Every spring, the members of the New York State Maple Producers Association invite families and friends into their "sugar houses" to experience the world of pure NY maple syrup. Located at approximately 160 farms and museums across New York State, Maple Weekend offers a delicious, fun-filled outing that has a little something for all maple-lovers to taste and experience.

There are a bunch of participating spots around the greater Capital Region. Many of the producers offer free samples and tours, and there will be maple products for sale, of course.

The maple sap season is dependent on the temperature -- this year's season got an early start because of the mild winter. So if you're interested in going to one of these places and seeing everything in action, the first weekend could be a better bet than the second.

State of maple: New York State is the nation's second biggest producer of maple syrup (after Vermont) -- and last year it produced a record amount, more than 600,000 gallons.

Earlier on AOA: The art and science of maple sugaring

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