Discover Thurman Maple Days - One of Upstate NY's Largest Maple Festivals

Thurman Maple Days
March 9th-10th, 16th-17th and 23rd-24th, 2024
Three Glorious Weekends of Sweet Spring Fun

The count down has started, Maple Days is less then a month away and we can’t wait to see you.  The sap is flowing and this year we have 10 sites for you to visit. Feel free to email us with questions at [email protected], and be sure to sign up for our VisitThurman eblasts, which are sent infrequently. Self-guide to any or all of our farms for your real maple experience. Read below to learn more about each of them. Download a directory front and directory (map)  or you may pick up a copy at any Thurman Maple Days site during the event to use as a guide. You may visit the farms in any order you choose, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the designated weekends.

We recommend you dress in layers with hat, gloves and boots to be prepared for changeable Adirondack weather.

 Breakfast is available at Valley Rd. Maple Farm. Pancakes and sausages will be available from 9 to 1 pm.
At Mud St Maple choose from fresh maple donuts, maple sugared French toast sticks and walkin’ waffles.

For those hungry at lunchtime check out Nettle Meadow for hot ham & cheese sandwiches and some maple appetizer bites or swing by Mud St. Maple for maple chili, maple hot dogs, maple slaw dogs, maple s’mores around the fire pit, and complementary maple coffee.

Enjoy a wide variety of activities–demonstrations, tours, samples and some super shopping for farm products and artisan wares. You’ll be welcomed into the lives of our local farmers and learn what its like to walk in their shoes….or snowshoes.

directory front directory (map)

 

Jack Wax Community Party is April 6, from 4:00 to 7:30.  Check our event page for details.

Please be advised: We love animals, which is why we request that you not bring pets to Thurman Maple Days, for their safety and the safety of other guests and the farm animals.

Google Map for 2024 Thurman Maple Days

(Interactive map for directions to our 9 hosts)

 

Meet Your Tour Hosts

Group of people touring sugarbush

Bring the whole family to visit all the sites! Watch maple syrup being made before your eyes. Our maple farms – including the following farms: Hidden Hollow Maple, Valley Road Maple, Toad Hill Maple, Candy Mountain Maple  and Mud Street Maple – all are in the same business, but differ in many respects, so plan to visit them all. You’ll see syrup, maple sugar, maple peanuts and candies being made, as well as maple tea and coffee and souvenir clothing items. Wonderful maple treats will tempt your palate, and special activities will fill your day with fun. Sugarhouses will open their doors for touring and tasting, sampling and shopping.

But wait, there is more: Martin’s Lumber, Nettle Meadow, TEF Braids Manufacturing & Outlet, Rustic Acres Farm and Bakery and the Maple Day’s Craft Show.
Martin’s Lumber host the Artisan Market where friends join them in offering indoor activities, demonstrations and sales. Just down the road, find Nettle Meadow Farm, with tasting of goat and sheep cheeses and, weather permitting, farm tours each hour.  TEF Manufacturing offers tours where lace braiding machinery from the early 1900’s is operating with new technology. Rustic Farm and Bakery offers a large array of  farm fresh products from eggs to meat and baked goods. And last but not least at the Thurman Town Hall, local crafters will be set up for our 2nd annual Maple Days craft fair.   (Be sure to gas up your vehicle before you arrive in as there are no Gas Stations in Thurman.)

 

 

 

 

MS. Mud Street Maple

 269 Mud Street, 12810 – 10am – 4pm
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Mud St. Maple will be offering tours of their Sugar Shack showing visitors the start to finish process of sugaring. Enjoy “All Things Maple” – from a maple lunch to donuts to S’mores by the fire pit. Shop and Sample some of our infused syrups, creams, bourbon maple syrup. Bring the family and enjoy the day with us.

CM. Candy Mountain Maple

Corner of Mountain Road and Don Potter Road – 10am – 4pm

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Candy Mountain is a producer of sustainably farmed, 100% pure New York maple syrup. Candy Mountain’s maple syrup is New York State Grown and Certified. They are proud to have been recognized for their commitment to food quality, safety and environmental practices.

Proprietors, Mike and Ingrid Richter, bring over 80 years of professional environmental experience to Candy Mountain to ensure they produce a healthy, responsibly farmed product. Candy Mountain is also STEM student friendly! They invite you and your family to visit their  “learning line” to show how maple sap gets from the woods, to the sugarhouse, and then to your table as pure maple syrup!

They invite you to visit during their open house during Thurman Maple Days in March 2024,. All of their maple products will be available for you to taste. Their sugarhouse GPS address is 2 Don Potter Road, Athol, NY!

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RA. Rustic Acres Farm and Bakery

107 Huber Road 10am -4pm

RUSTIC ACRES FARM & BAKERY is looking forward to you joining them in the fun during the 3 weekends of Thurman Maple days. Rustic Acres is your one stop to shop for farm to table offerings. They want only the best food on their table and that is what they offer you.

You will be greeted with warm welcomes as you step into their country kitchen where the baking with all non-GMO ingredients take place. Yummy treats of cookies, fresh breads and muffins are available while they last.

Also available is organically raised, grass fed beef, free range chicken and non-GMO pork.

And of course, fresh eggs are always in abundance.

Cash only please

(TEF) TEF Braids Manufacturing & Outlet

572 High Street 10am-4pm

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TEF has developed a bodywear design and manufacturing art that uses century old lace-making machines to produce down to earth – lace-like fashions that merge old world craftsmanship with contemporary performance and sustainably values – everything is produced on-site in a virtually zero waste way. Take a factory tour, check out Tensengral bodywear, try an AMBI Bralette or our new Turtle Shell Collection – All Adirondack Originals Made in the Mountains of Athol, NY.

 

THM. Toad Hill Maple Farm

137 Charles Olds Road, 12810  – 10am – 4pm
Get DirectionsFarmer using a drill to tap maple tree

The Galusha family has produced pure Adirondack maple products at Toad Hill Maple Farm for more than 50 years. In 2011 they opened their large new timber frame sugar house, which includes a new energy-efficient process for producing pure maple syrup utilizing a wood-fired evaporator, a reverse osmosis machine and large stainless steel tanks. Toad Hill manages nearly 900 acres of timberland and gathers sap from more than 3,000 sugar maple trees. Toad Hill’s tour guides will walk you through the maple operation and give you a wagon ride over the timber frame covered bridge and out through the sugar bush. You will learn how they manage their forest, how they get the sap from the trees to the sugar house, how they process the sap into pure maple syrup and some history of the maple industry and maple production at Toad Hill. Pure maple products produced in the Toad Hill confections kitchen include; maple cream, maple sugar and melt-in-your-mouth maple candies.  In addition to pure maple syrup Toad Hill makes bourbon barrel aged maple syrup and rye barrel aged maple syrup. Maple specialty products include; maple caramel corn, maple frosted nuts, maple pecan granola, maple cotton candy and baked goods.  Enjoy samples and browse the expanding list of products in the farm store which includes maple tea, maple coffee, cookbooks, t shirts, sweat shirts, hats and other non-maple items like hand crafted ceramic mugs and syrup pitchers.”

 

TH. Thurman Town Hall  

311 Athol Rd.

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Thurman Maple Days will host a Craft Fair at the Thurman Town Hall both Saturday and Sunday this year.  Local crafters will be set up with a dazzling display of their crafts. Make this your 1st stop as you come into Town and grab a directory with map and information about each site.

 

ML. Martin’s Lumber & Artisans Market 

 280 Valley Road, 12885 – 10am – 4pm
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Tour the barn and visit the shops and home of Gary and Wini. Neighbors and friends join Martin’s Lumber at the artisan market offering hands-on activities and demonstrations including candle making, pyrography, blacksmithing, jewelry making and greeting card art. A master gardener and certified mushroom forager will be on hand while additional shopping includes handmade soaps and lotions, wood carving and Adirondack furniture.

Throughout the day demonstrations and hands-on activities continue for the whole family.

NM.  Nettle Meadow Farm

484 South Johnsburg Road, 12885 – 10am – 4pm
Get DirectionsGoat cheese

For those hungry at lunchtime check out Nettle Meadow Farm and Sanctuary for hot ham & cheese sandwiches and some maple appetizer bites. 

They will offer hourly farm tours (weather permitting) and cheese tastings, and will be selling their cook booklets, telling about their nationally and inter-nationally-awarded cheese*, the animals, and the history of the place, along with the recipes.

Be sure to check out what new babies are at the farm.
Land at this site has been farmed since John Thurman deeded acreage to the Johnson family, which founded Meadowbrook Stock Farm and ran it for generations. Nettle Meadow is now primarily an animal sanctuary, aging facility for cheese, and retail cheese shop. See, sample and shop their gourmet goodies. See the restored historic barn loft and all of the amazing animals from goats to highland cows, from chickens to miniature donkeys, llamas, sheep and barn cats too.  During Maple Days, enjoy cheeses and made using maple.
Nettle Meadow’s cheeses are made with cow, goat and sheep milk and have won national and international awards over the last two decades..

VR. Valley Road Maple Farm

 190 Valley Road. 12885 – 9am – 4pm
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Breakfast is back at Valley Road Maple farm starting at 9:00. Enjoy the traditional pancake breakfast that so many have looked forward to each year. Enjoy the fist real signs of spring with steam billowing out of the cupola, sap pouring into the sugarhouse, and the wonderful aroma of boiling maple syrup spells the end of winter’s grip on the north.  Tours will be given to guests from the start of the process to the final product.  Explanations of the equipment and the operation will be given and questions are encouraged.  They will be able to taste raw sap, RO sap, and fresh maple syrup.  Hardy individuals  are free to walk or snowshoe through the woods and watch the sap work its way through the tubing on its way to the sugarhouse.  Coloring books with maple facts and history will be given to our young visitors. In our shop visitors will find syrup, cream, candy, sugar, maple roasted nuts, maple peanut brittle and maple cotton candy.

 

HH. Hidden Hollow Maple Farm

312 Dippikill Rd.  – 10am – 4pm
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Three generations of the Wallace family work together to produce pure Adirondack maple syrup, maple cream, delectable maple candies, and many specialty products such as maple jelly, cinnamon maple sugar. maple pepper and much more. Old meets new in this operation, with a traditional wood-fired evaporator processing sap already reduced by reverse osmosis. The Wallaces have expanded their operation to over 6,000 taps. Like Hidden Hollow Maple Farm on Facebook.

 

Thurman Maple Days has been made possible in part by funds from Warren County Occupancy Taxes.