New York State's Maple Weekend starts tomorrow.
Maple farms around the area are offering tours and tree tapping lessons to show the hard work that goes into making maple syrup. Many of farms are also giving out samples of their products as well as sweet treats including maple cotton candy and maple cream spread. Nappy Farms, on East Maine Road is having a scavenger hunt, face painting, and petting zoo as well.
Dan Napierala, owner of Nappy Farms, says he likes seeing other people enjoying syrup from his farm. "People like to know where their food is coming from these days. It seems like they want to have a connection to the source of food and that has helped our business. Also, the fact that we make a pure natural product. Maple syrup is exactly that, pure maple syrup, it has nothing in it."
Maple Weekend is actually 2 weekends, this one and next. Besides Nappy Farms guests can visit 3 other farms locally: Bush's Syrup House in Harpursville, Sweetrees Maple in Berkshire, and Arnot Teaching and Research Forest operated by Cornell. For more information on participating farms visit, mapleweekend.com