There are a variety of places that a person can visit to see maple sap collected, especially this weekend as maple producers join together for the first of two New York State Maple Producers Association Maple Weekends, March 22-22 and 29-30.
My husband and I have had our experiences (and disagreements) with making maple syrup. It is hard work, but each year we can say we did it. We enjoy attending other large-scale producers so we can continually fine-tune our own backyard maple-making system.
In order for the sap to flow temperatures must rise above freezing during the day and drop below freezing at night. Depending on where you visit this weekend should not be a problem. It is supposed to be high 30s in certain areas, allowing the sap to thaw and flow throughout the day.
This is a great weekend activity for families. Each producer may have different activities planned such as samplings, face painting, petting zoos and horse-drawn wagon rides. It is best to check with each location.
An all time favorite for this family is the pancake breakfast. It is a perfect avenue for my ten-year-old to attempt to fill her bottomless pit while I stock up on maple cream. I am not a maple connoisseur and have no interest in being able to distinguish the various grades of syrup available, but with each pancake I eat, I do appreciate the amount of work for each drop to make it to my table.Look for the green maple bucket sign indicating an open sugaring house.