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.
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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.)
1. Valley Road Maple Farm
190 Valley Road – 9am – 4pm
Sugarmakers 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!
2. Martin’s Lumber & Lucyann’s Crafts
280 Valley Road – 10am – 4pm
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.
3. Nettle Meadow Farm
484 South Johnsburg Road – 10am – 4pm
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 loftand 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.
4. Adirondack Gold Maple Farm
74 Bear Pond Road – 10am – 4pm
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 tastebuds 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! Adirondack Gold will be closed on Sunday, March 25.
5. Toad Hill Maple Farm
137 Charles Olds Road – 10am – 4pm
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 sugarhouse, 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 rider 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 our 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.”
6. Peru Llama Farm
661 High Street – 10am – 4pm (Park across road)
Pucker up for a free llama kiss and capture the moment with a photo. Learn about the life of a llama, diet, herding, survival, and complex communication. Kids 12 and under may earn a “Language Proficiency Certificate.” Role play in a training demo: how owners teach a llama not to fear humans. Buy bags of odorless and highly effective low cost llama fertilizer produced at this mini-farm. Kids will enjoy a “hay crawl” while their parents reminisce about bygone childhood farm adventures; souvenirs will be given to young children. Talk to Irv about “Breaking the Rules: A fresh approach to building on the strength and courage of our struggling youth,” a book which details his approach to help kids in need.
7. Blackberry Hill Farm and Sanctuary
15 Mud St. – 10am – 4pm
Blackberry Hill Farm is a diversified family farm that has earned certified organic status from the USDA and NOFA NY. We 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 we 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 our farm stand where we have chicken ( whole, breasts, drumsticks) turkey, pork (sausage pork chops, roasts) , eggs, jam and more . So bring your cooler and take home some of the best tasting meats in the county!
8. Windy Ridge Farm
52 Elmer Wood Road
A traditional Adirondack Farm that has been in one family for over 200 years. For Maple Days, the Wood family is digging into the sheds to pull out grandpa’s boiling kettle, some sap pails and hand-whittled spiles (spouts for tapping). See a very traditional maple operation, buy syrup, jams and jellies and visit for awhile.
9. Hidden Hollow Maple Farm
312 Dippikill Rd. – 10am – 4pm
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 woodfired evaporator processing sap already reduced by reverse osmosis. The Wallaces have expanded their operation to over 5,000 taps. Email them, and like Hidden Hollow.
Looking to Spend the Weekend?
Make your lodging reservations today at The Glen Lodge. Thurmans’s riverside B&B with Adirondack Great Camp ambiance.
(518) 494-4084 or www.theglenlodge.com