The month of March is all sweetness in Thurman as the sap flows and local sugarhouses produce gallons of pure maple syrup. Beginning this weekend, March 9-10, and continuing weekends through March 24, Thurman maple producers will throw open their doors for tours of their sugarhouse operations.
The annual Thurman Sugar Party, with an all-you-can-eat buffet, music by Hoddy Ovitt and the Warren County Ramblers, and real jackwax, begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and continues until everyone is served. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6-11, children 5 and younger eat free. The party is held at the Thurman Town Hall.
Valley Road Maple Farm will serve a pancake breakfast each morning, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring hearty flapjacks, their award-winning maple syrup, and sausage from Oscar’s Smokehouse in Warrensburg. Valley Road has a large assortment of maple products for sale (and free samples) including maple-roasted peanuts, maple cream and maple cotton candy.
Adirondack Gold Maple Farm has children’s activities planned along with a tour of their operations, which includes demonstrations and a look at their wood-fired condenser. Adirondack Gold’s retail shop is well stocked with maple products, cookbooks and gifts. Toad Hill and Hidden Hollow maple farms are also participating, opening their farms for tours.
Thurman Maple Days is not limited to maple farms. Nettle Meadows Farm, producers of artesian goat cheeses, Peru Llama farm, Martin’s Lumber and Lucyann’s Crafts, which offers custom stained glass stepping stones and unique paper bead jewelry, are welcoming visitors as well each weekend this month.
Visit the Thurman Maple Days website for more information and a map of all locations.