Discover Thurman Maple Days - One of Upstate NY's Largest Maple Festivals
Three Glorious Weekends of Sweet Spring Fun
Thurman Maple Days, March 16th-17th; 23rd-24th; 30th-31st 2019
Three glorious weekends offer you a chance to celebrate the start of spring and the end of cabin fever just 15 minutes from Lake George! Featuring the largest Maple producers in Warren County and several neighboring farms, this is a must-do event, where nature is a way of life, and sugaring is second nature. Watch sap being gathered and boiled and see how a Certified Tree Farm makes maximum use of the wood from maple its trees. Visit an internationally-awarded farm and goat/sheep cheese dairy. Stop in at farms that produce all-natural and/or certified organic products and take a cooler to transport some home. Enjoy a whole day of fun activities, demonstrations, wagon rides, sampling and shopping for delectable goodies, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.
Like pancakes? Pancake breakfast or brunch at Valley Road Maple Farm is available each day, beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 1 p.m., so you won’t have to miss a minute of tour time.
Find maps at each site, at Thurman Town Hall and around the region, or download one on this website. Many visitors navigate by GPS readings, and others just watch for signs, follow their noses or ask a friendly resident.
Meet Your Tour Hosts
Bring the whole family to visit all the sites! Watch maple syrup being made before your eyes. Our maple farms – including the following farms and more: Hidden Hollow Maple, Valley Road Maple, Toad Hill Maple, Mud Street Maple, Adirondack Gold Maple, Peru Llama, Whitefield’s, Windy Ridge, Blackberry Hill, Martin’s Lumber, Nettle Meadow – 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.
Martin’s Certified Tree Farm will offer demonstrations of their sawmill operation, showing beautiful grains of the sugar maple, and wood sawed from a tree tapped in bygone days, as well as craft demonstrations and items for sale. Just down the road, find Nettle Meadow Farm, with tasting of goat and sheep cheeses and, weather permitting, farm tours each hour. Turn off Mountain Road to find the third generation operation at Adirondack Gold Maple. On High Street, near the Toad Hill turnoff, stop in at Peru Llama farm to meet (and be kissed by) Critter, and learn more about llamas. (Be sure to gas up your vehicle before you arrive in as there are no Gas Stations in Thurman.)
Sugar producers Mike Hill and Ralph Senecal host breakfast each morning beginning at 9 a.m. maple sausages from Oscar’s, hot, fluffy pancakes with pure maple syrup drizzled over the top! MMmmmmm. They’ll keep flipping flapjacks till 1 p.m. Tour the facility, too! Valley Road Maple boils in a state-of-the-art sugarhouse. They have expanded their operation to 3,400 taps on vacuum with reverse osmosis, producing syrup, cream, candy, sugar, maple roasted nuts, maple peanut brittle and maple cotton candy. Valley Road Maple won first place in the Vermont international maple syrup contest for light amber syrup and the 2008, 2009 and 2012, New York State Fair first prize for maple candy. Come see why!
Gary and Wini Martin have a one hundred-acre Certified Tree Farm with a portable bandsaw mill. The Martins carefully manage their woodland resources and will talk to you about silviculture, explaining the principles of sustainable forestry. Weather depending there will be demonstrations of the mill. Ask about our live edge lumber along with items made from it. Martin’s is also the home of Lucyann’s Paper Bead Jewelry, featuring custom orders from wedding invitations, graduation or birth announcements and more. Visit the wood shop and metal shop where there will be lots of browsing and shopping with neighbors and artisans who will also be on site during the three weekends with demonstrations and hands on activities. Ask about the new timber frame barn.
Nettle Meadow farm and Sanctuary will offer hourly farm tours (weather permitting) and an indoor cheese tasting (try our new chevres!) if the weather is bad, 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 great recipes using their wide assortment of cheeses. Meet this year’s baby goats and lambs! 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 a goat farm and artisan goat and sheep cheese shop. See, sample and shop their gourmet goodies. See the restored historic barn loft and the cheese shop! During Maple Days, enjoy our three flavors of Maple goat cheese ice cream – plain maple, maple chocolate chip, and maple blueberry! *Nettle Meadow’s Kunik was awarded World Champion Cheese Contest and won first place for our Kunik and Apple Cider Fromage Frais cheeses in Madison, WI, competing against cheesemakers from across the US, and Canada, Switzerland, Germany and other countries around the world.
Here third generation maple producers operate an old fashioned sugarhouse. They have 1200 taps (1100 with tubing and 100 in buckets) and a 2′ x 6′ wood-fired stainless steel evaporator. Come browse the Kenyons’ full line of maple products–coffee, tea, cotton candy, cookbooks, and maple donuts–to get your “maple fix” and stock up on gifts for the year. Family activities are planned at Adirondack Gold Maple Farm for both days of each weekend. “Tapper” will show the kids how to tap, gather sap and boil it. Bring snowshoes to go visit Tapper’s lean-to, snow permitting. Test your taste buds with different syrups to see if you can discriminate between grades, and between what is real and what is artificial. Adirondack Gold offers maple recipes, to show you that maple syrup isn’t just for pancakes anymore!
The Galusha family has produced pure Adirondack maple products at Toad Hill Maple Farm for more than 40 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. In stark contrast, see the old cast iron kettle hanging outside, with sap boiling over an open fire. Toad Hill gathers sap from more than 3,000 sugar maple trees. You can take a wagon ride over the timber frame covered bridge and out through the sugarbush to see how they manage their forest and get the sap from the trees to the sugarhouse. You can also tour the whole operation and learn maple from A-Z. Pure maple products produced in the Toad Hill confections kitchen include; maple cream, maple sugar and melt in your mouth maple candies. Maple specialty products include; chocolate-covered maple bonbons, maple caramel corn, maple frosted nuts and maple cotton candy. Enjoy samples and browse the expanding list of products in the gift shop which includes maple tea, maple coffee, cookbooks, t shirts, sweat shirts, hats and other non-maple items like balsam pillows.”
Blackberry Hill Farm is a diversified family farm that has earned certified organic status from the USDA and NOFA NY. They offer vegetables and herbs; when in season) also certified organic chicken, turkeys and non-GMO heritage breed pigs. This time of the year it’s pretty quiet at the farm but they are gearing up for spring and our spring litters. Weather/mud permitting we will have farm tours although it’s too cold for the baby chicks and piglets. Stop by the farm stand to see chicken (whole, breasts, drumsticks), turkey, pork (sausage pork chops, roasts), eggs, jam and more . Pack your cooler and take home some of the best tasting meats in the county!
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 5,000 taps. Like Hidden Hollow Maple Farm on Facebook.
Also known as the “Thurman Jack Wax Party”, this party has has been held every year since 1959, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Enjoy live music, gift basket raffles and a sumptuous buffet crowned with dessert of old-fashioned jack wax, traditionally called “sugar on snow.”
Running from 3 – 8 p.m. on the very first day of Maple Days, this provides a perfect way to wind up your day of free tours.
Donation: $10 Adults; $5; Kids aged 6-12; age 5 and under, free.
Looking to Spend the Weekend?
Make your lodging reservations today at The Glen Lodge, Thurmans’s riverside B&B with Adirondack Great Camp ambiance.