Maple syrup has a long tradition in North America dating back to Native Americans who first discovered how to turn sap into syrup then sugar. The sugar maple tree, Acer saccharum, is a species unique to Northeastern America including Pennsylvania, making maple syrup a special product!
The Northeastern PA Maple Producers will hold their annual Self-Guided Maple Tour on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, generally from 10 am to 4 pm, but hours may vary. The tour attracts people from all over the state as well as New York and New Jersey.
This year will feature nine local maple producers as stops throughout the area: Burke’s Maple, Streamside Maple, Journey's End Farm, Keystone College, Morning Sun Farm, North Harford Maple, Shemanski Maple Syrup, Sugar Creek Maple Farm and Lake Russell Maple. Stop by one, two, three or all eight to see the process of turning sap into syrup. Pick up some locally produced maple syrup and maple infused products along your travels.
Don’t forget to stop by the pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 19, at the Damascus Community Center at 60 Conklin Hill Road in Damascus, be serving from 8 am until noon with a cost of $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. On Sunday, March 20, enjoy Pancake Breakfast at the Costello-Monahan-Brown American Legion Post 964, 395 Great Bend Turnpike, Pleasant Mount, from 8 to 11:30 am. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
The tour is coordinated by the Northeastern PA Maple Producers Association in partnership with the Wayne Conservation District and Penn State Extension – Wayne County. The Northeastern PA Maple Producers Association has more than 25 members, and represents “Sugar Bushes” ranging from a few taps to well over 5,000 taps. Mark your calendar for this fun event and visit maple producers as they share their love for making maple syrup.
The tour is a FREE, family friendly event open to the public offering a great experience for all ages. Please contact Trever Tochydloski of the Wayne Conservation District at 570-253-0930 for further information.
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