Did you know that New York is one of very few places in the world where Sugar Maple trees (our official state tree) thrive and maple syrup is produced? Historians say Native Americans taught early settlers in this area how to create this delicious natural treat.
Today New York State is one of the world’s top two producers of maple syrup. Contemporary sugar makers begin harvesting sap as winter wanes, usually around the beginning of March. Warmer days give way to freezing nights, creating ideal conditions and increasing sap flow.
To harvest maple sap, a tap is driven into each tree. The method of collection varies - from old-fashioned buckets to state-of-the-art piping that snakes along trees. Once collected, the sap is boiled down to remove excess moisture. What remains is pure maple syrup. The syrup is processed, tested and graded using industry standards.
Here at Corey's Sugar Shack, we are dedicated to education, and we will be hosting Maple Tours a charge of $5.00 during the NYS Maple Weekend for anyone interested in seeing the Maple Syrup process first-hand. We encourage attendees to dress warm and wear comfortable shoes. Each tour and tasting lasts approximately 30 minutes, and there will be plenty of our 100% pure Maple Syrup for sale at the end of each tour.
SAVE THE DATE FOR 2023 NYS MAPLE WEEKENDS:
March 18th, 19th & March 25th & 26th
We will be open from 10am to 3pm both weekends and appointments are strongly suggested.
Call John at (845) 706-2484
$5.00 CHARGE PER PERSON AND CHILDREN UNDER 5 FREE FOR EACH TOUR
In the meantime, check out this blog post from Hurds Family Farms about their visit to our sugar shack
A simulation of a vacuum system used in the Sugar Bush along with others ways to collect sap.
Plan your whole Maple Weekend!
Places to Stay:
Check out these great local places to stay for the weekend.
Super 8, Highland - 845-691-6888
Hampton Inn, New Paltz - 845-255-4200
Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa - 845-795-1310
Great Spots to Visit:
Don't miss these amazing shops and tourist attractions in the area.
Hudson Valley Distillers, Clermont
Lilly Rae in the Hamlet, Highland
Walkway Over The Hudson, Highland/Poughkeepsie
Franklin D. Roosevelt Estate, Hyde Park
Samuel Morse Estate - Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie
These are some of our favorite places to grab a bite to eat!
Bagels n Bites - 3499 Route 9W, Highland
Sal's Place - 99 Vineyard Avenue, Highland
Local Colleges to Visit:
Got a teenager that's looking at colleges in the area?
Make it a family event for Maple Weekend.
Marist College - Poughkeepsie
Vassar College - Poughkeepsie
SUNY New Paltz - New Paltz
The Culinary Institute of America - Hyde Park
Mount Saint Mary College - Newburgh
Looking for more information about the Hudson Valley and
NYS Maple Weekends? Check out these great sites.
NYS Maple Weekend
Ulster County Alive
Download the app
"NYS Maple Weekend"
on your mobile device for turn by turn directions to any participating sugarhouse or pancake breakfast!