Northern New York Maple Project Schedule

According to the Northern New York State Maple Project, Maple syrup is a luxury item consumed around the world, yet the greatest market for syrup is in the United States.  New York State currently taps less than 1% of the state’s nearly 300 million maple trees, forcing the state to import four times as much maple syrup as it produces from Canada.  

Throughout the year The Wild Center, Paul Smith's College VIC and  Cornell Sugar Maple Research and Extension Program are collaborating to conduct workshops, pancake breakfasts and other educational opportunities regarding maple production. Schedule is below
January 17       Log Cabin Lecture Series – History of Maple:  Pok-O-MacCready, Willsboro, NY7pm – 8:30pm: Kristina Parker Wingler and Josh Wingler of the Parker Family Maple Farm will give their multi-media and multi-era presentation on maple production in the North Country (Suggested Donation – $5).
For people who want to start making their own syrup, David and Angela Swan of Homestead Maple in Chazy, will be running two workshops on January 19th and 26th. Tuition for workshops is $15 each. Please call Brian DeGroat, Director of PMOEC, at 518.963.7967 to register for these events.
January 19       Maple Sugar Workshop Part 1: Pok-O-MacCready, Willsboro, NY
9am – Noon: We’ll start the day with a pancake breakfast before we learn how to identify, set-up and manage your sugar bush.
January 19         Lewis County Maple School9am – 3pm: Workshops on food safety, labeling, grading, vacuum systems, forest management, granulated maple sugar, planning a maple business, pricing, marketing, walnut and birch syrup production, growing mushrooms. Cost: pre-registration $15/person for 4 workshops/person with lunch; walk-ins $20; register with payment by January 15, 2013. Contact: Michele Ledoux, Cornell Cooperative Extension Lewis County; Phone: 315.376.5270; Email: mel14@cornell.edu
January 26        Maple Sugar Workshop Part 2: Pok-O-MacCready, Willsboro, NY9am – Noon: David and Angela will show us various processing techniques and marketing ideas.
January 26         St. Lawrence County Maple SchoolAll day: For beginners to experienced producers, hands-on classes and workshops, children’s and family activities, door prizes for youth. Topics: Backyard/Beginner Sugar Making, Value-Added Maple Products, Woodlot Management, GPS and Your Woodlot, Marketing Your Maple Products, Pricing Your Maple Products, Find Out About Maple Royalty.Cost: $15/adult, $5/youth 5-21, includes lunch. Contact: Cornell Cooperative Extension, 1894 State Highway 68, Canton, NY 13617-1477; phone: 315-379-9192
February 2       Franklin County Maple Association Maple Expo: Brushton-Moira Central School, Future Farmers of America
8am – 3pm:  Cornell University, CCE and maple industry specialists teach on syrup production, equipment, maple tubing, sugarbush thinning, filtering, canning, making value-added maple confections, buying and selling, licensing, tax assessment, stainless steel welding, wholesaling, direct marketing. Cost: pre-registration $20/person; $30 at door. Info: CCE Franklin County, 518-483-7403.


February 9        Saranac Lake Winter CarnivalSaranac Lake, NY
February 16       Maple Workshop – Setting up a Tubing System with Mike Farrell: Paul Smith’s College VIC, Paul Smiths, NY1pm – 4pm: Are you interested in starting or expanding your maple sugaring operation but unsure where to start? Join Mike Farrell Director of the Cornell Maple Program in a hands-on tubing workshop at the Paul Smith’s College VIC. We will start the day inside with a short program and then head out to set up a tubing system for the Paul Smith’s College VIC’s Sugar Maple Demonstration site. Topics to be covered include preparing the sugar bush prior to tubing installation, site considerations, line placement and installation, tapping trees, sanitation and sap collection. Contact: Brian McDonnell at 518.327.6241 or bmcdonnell@paulsmiths.edu
February 24       Maple Workshop & Pancake Breakfast: The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, NY9am – 11am: Learn about the art of maple sugaring with special emphasis on backyard tapping, collection and boiling. Includes program, games, and tastings for the whole family. Contact: Jen Kretser, Director of Programs – The Wild Center, jkretser@wildcenter.org or call 518.359.7800 x138
March 16           Maple Workshop & Pancake Breakfast: The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, NY9am – 11am: Learn about the art of maple sugaring with special emphasis on backyard tapping, collection and boiling. Includes program, games, and tastings for the whole family. Contact: Jen Kretser, Director of Programs – The Wild Center, jkretser@wildcenter.org or call 518.359.7800 x138
March 16-17       NYS Maple Weekend
March 23            Beginner Maple Workshop: Paul Smith’s College VIC, Paul Smiths, NY
1
pm – 4pm: Learn about the art of maple sugaring with special emphasis on backyard tapping, collection and boiling. Includes program and tastings for the whole family. Contact: Brian McDonnell at 518.327.6241 or bmcdonnell@paulsmiths.edu
March 23-24       NYS Maple Weekend

 © Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™, which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the third guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities™.

Comments