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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 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: Peru Llama, Blackberry Hill, Martin’s Lumber and Nettle Meadow – Blackberry Hill had organic offerings: jams, bread, poultry and non GMO pork, Martin’s Certified Tree Farm will offer demonstrations (weather permitting) of the forge in their metal shop or the 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. 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.)
269 Mud Street, 12810 – 10 am to 4 pm
One of Thurman’s newer maple operations, Mud St. Maple, is rapidly making a name for itself with its products, especially their Bourbon maple syrup, maple-glazed walnuts, raspberry maple cream and several infused maple syrups. Robin and Jeff Mahler have been tapping and boiling, with great help from family and friends, for about 10 years, and recently built their sugar house on Mud Street. It’s a family operation and a labor of love. Says Robin, “We are passionate about our maple farm.” They will prove their passion this March by welcoming guests both early and late each day, probably as early as 9 or as late at 6. Says Robin, “If steam is coming out of the sugar house, you are welcome to stop in. We love visitors!”
2. Blackberry Hill Farm
15 Mud St., 12810 – 10am – 4pm
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 they 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!
3. Peru Llama Farm
661 High St., 12810 10am – 4pm
Everyone who leaves Peru Llama Farm does so knowing a new language… the language of the llamas. They seem to really enjoy learning this soundless way of communicating; also learn how to have your llamas NEVER spit on a human. It includes much acting out, with visitors playing the role of a herd of llamas. One past guest said, “I think I want to stay a llama… it kind of makes more sense to me.”
137 Charles Olds Road, 12810 – 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 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 sugar bush to see how they manage their forest and get the sap from the trees to the sugar house. 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.”
484 South Johnsburg Road, 12885 – 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 the recipes. On March 16-17, two treats: Ask for Maple Jack Wax goat cheese ice cream, and, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Irish soda bread served with their new maple butter.
Visit the new lambs and kids at their new new mini-barn on the property (as long as its not too brutally cold for them to come out in the sun). Four boy baby goats will be up for adoption almost ready to wean as well. They’ll be free to great homes.
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 their 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, along with 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.
280 Valley Road, 12885 – 10am – 4pm
Gary and Wini Martin have a Certified Tree Farm with a portable bandsaw mill producing live edge lumber. Weather permitting, there will be demonstrations of the mill or forge. Martin’s is also the home of Lucyann’s Paper Bead Jewelry, featuring custom orders from wedding invitations or birth announcements. Set up where it is warm will be crafted items from the live edge lumber, stained glass stepping stones and paper bead jewelry, along with friends and neighbors displaying their art: handmade cold process soap, body butter, body butter sugar scrubs, lotion bars, lip balm and bath balms, 3D hand crafted greeting cards, honey, wood burning, a master gardener with information on house plants and starting seeds indoors and special guest, Jim Ferris from Wax ‘n’ Wix will be all set up for you to make your own candles. Throughout the day are demonstrations and hands on activities.
190 Valley Road. 12885 – 9am – 4pm
Sugar producers Mike Hill and Ralph Senecal host breakfast each morning beginning at 9 a.m. maple sausages from Oscar’s, hot, fluffy pancakes (both regular and gluten-free) 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!
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 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.
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