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Posted: 3/8/2023 - 3-Minute Read

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QUEENSBURY, N.Y. — The Taste NY Market at the Adirondacks Welcome Center will offer several ways for the public to participate in Maple Month this March! The Market will have opportunities to sample local maple products, a maple giveaway, and itinerary suggestions in the region that include maple sugaring demonstrations or pancake breakfasts during the last weekend in March at participating maple farms.

“Maple Month is a sweet tradition in the Adirondacks and across New York State. We are lucky to have such an abundance of maple producers that open their doors to visitors for a look at how real maple syrup is made during the many maple events that take place in the region. We are proud to offer locally-produced maple year-round, but you can expect to find an even wider variety of maple products in the vending machines in March!” said Jennifer Hill Kraft, Taste NY Market Manager at the Adirondacks Welcome Center (Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB)

Throughout the month, the Market will highlight nearly two dozen New York maple products available for purchase from the Market’s nine state-of-the-art vending machines such as maple candy, jam sweetened with maple, and maple chaga tea to name just a few. The Market’s knowledgeable staff are available every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help visitors navigate the Market and the available offerings.

Visit the Adirondacks Welcome Center during Taste NY Maple Weekend March 24-26 to sample products and learn more about all of the great maple producers whose products are showcased at the Taste NY Market. All visitors to the Market between Friday, March 24 and Sunday, March 26 are invited to enter their name into a maple giveaway (two giveaways valued at $50 each) which will include an assortment of locally-produced maple products and pancake mixes. Two winners will be announced on Facebook on Monday, March 27 and contacted by email.

“Celebrate Maple” Taste NY coloring activity sheets will be available for children to take on the road as families explore a fun route between sugar shacks in Warren, Washington, Hamilton, and Essex Counties. The activity page features four maple producer locations to visit: Black Rooster Maple (self-serve maple gift shop in Essex); McComb’s Oak Hill Farm (private snowshoe tours of the maple farm - call ahead for reservations at (518) 548-6105); Toad Hill Maple Farm (demos, hayrides, gift shop, and samples in Thurman); and Rathbun’s Maple Sugar House Restaurant (pancake breakfast restaurant, educational displays, and gift shop in Whitehall).

Taste NY Maple Weekend sampling events:

Saturday, March 25 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) - International Waffle Day

Celebrate International Waffle Day with “sugar” and “maple” varieties of Belgian Liege waffles by Send Me Waffles, topped with a choice of locally-produced maple syrup. Ilene Friedman of Send Me Waffles will be at the Market to offer samples and talk about these delicious treats which are made with locally-sourced ingredients like milk and eggs from Stewart’s Shops and butter from Ronnybrook Farms.

Sunday, March 26 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) - Everything is Sweeter With Maple!

This month, Taste NY encourages the public to try products that are flavored with real maple. The Market will offer samples of maple chaga tea from Birch Boys, maple peanut butter cups from Barkeater Chocolates, jams from Silda’s Jam, maple five seeded crackers from Triple Green Jade Farm, and maple roasted almonds from Mapleland Farms.

Featured products for sale in the Taste NY Market during March:

Mapleland Farms (Salem)
3 Piece Sugar Candy, Leaf Sugar Candy, Maple Roasted Almonds, and 1/2 Pint Vintage Tin Maple

Battlehill Maple (Fort Ann)
1/2 Pint Maple Jug

J + S Maple (Croghan)
1/2 Pint Maple Jug

Crown Maple  (Dover Plains)
Madagascar Vanilla Infused Maple (250ml bottle) Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple (250ml bottle)

Zelinski Sugarworks (Moriah)
Spout Time Maple

Triple Green Jade Farm (Willsboro)
Five Seeded Maple Crackers

Martha's Dandee Creme (Lake George)
Maple Walnut Cremewiches

Barkeater Chocolates (North Creek)
Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup With Maple

Birch Boys (Tupper Lake)
Maple Chaga Tea

Rathbun’s Maple Sugar House (Whitehall)
Maple Cream
Homemade Pancake Mix

Nettle Meadow Farm (Lake Luzerne)
Maple Chevre

Argyle Cheese Farmer (Hudson Falls)
Maple Sweet Greek Yogurt

Nelson Farms (Cazenovia)
Apple Maple BBQ Sauce

Grandma Apple's Cheesecakes (Porter Corners)
Individual Maple Cheesecake

Silda's Jam (Mellenville)
Cherry Pie Jam - Made with Maple Syrup

Saratoga Maple (Minerva)
Bourbon Maple Syrup 6.7 fl oz
Maple Walnut Topping
Gourmet Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Send Me Waffles (Clifton Park)
Sugar  - Individual Belgian Liege Waffle
Maple - Individual Belgian Liege Waffle

Celebrate Maple Month around the region:

Thurman Maple Days March 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26 - Three glorious weekends of sweet spring fun. This self-guided route features nine locations in Thurman from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Upper Hudson Maple Producers - March 18-19 and 25-26 - Maple Weekends feature open houses, pancake breakfasts, maple sugaring demos, and more at twenty locations from Ghent to Speculator.

Up Yonda Farm Maple Festival March 18 - Tours start every 20 minutes from 10 to 11:40 a.m. and 1 to 2:40 p.m.
$5 per person plus $5 parking. Reserve your tour online. Up Yonda Farm is located in Bolton Landing.

Taste NY Maple Weekend March 24-26 - Check out what’s happening at Taste NY Markets and Welcome Centers around the state during Maple Weekend by visiting!

About the Adirondacks Welcome Center

The Adirondacks Welcome Center is one of 11 Welcome Centers located across the state that promote New York’s tourism destinations and local businesses. It features a Taste NY Market where visitors can purchase locally made and sourced products ranging from food to craft beverages, gifts, and wearable items. The Welcome Center has an indoor and outdoor space with information about the region located throughout to educate guests on the best of the region’s tourism destinations, recreational opportunities, and historic and cultural sites.

About the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB

The Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB, Inc. strives to drive tourism to the Lake George region year-round while fostering a vibrant business community. The Chamber seeks to promote growth and development of its member businesses by offering networking events, educational programs, ribbon cuttings and other opportunities. Founded in 1952, the Chamber is a member-driven, not-for-profit 501 C (6) corporation. The Chamber, with a regional mindset, comprises more than 450 members in various sectors of the business community. The Chamber staffs the Visitor Center on the corner of Beach Road and Canada Street in the village of Lake George and the Adirondacks Welcome Center on the Northway between Exits 17 and 18 and typically serves more than 100,000 visitors annually. The Chamber also publishes an annual  Travel Guide with a 75,000 circulation and Community & Business Directory geared toward people and businesses looking to move to the area. The Lake George Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (LGRCVB) is a division of the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB and works as an extension of the Warren County Tourism Department. While the Tourism Department markets Warren County to the leisure consumer tourism market, the mission of the LGRCVB is to bring year-round, weather-proof group business to Warren County in the form of meetings, conventions, reunions, sports events, weddings, and more. Learn more at Connect with the Chamber on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok

About Taste NY

The Taste NY initiative has seen steady growth and recognition since it was created in 2013. The program, which is overseen by the Department of Agriculture & Markets, has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at a variety of venues throughout the State and at large public events such as the Great New York State Fair and the Barclays Tournament at Bethpage State Park. It has also helped the farms and companies participating in the program to reach more customers, increase online sales, and, in many cases, expand the processing capacity of their business. Taste NY’s food and beverage businesses also support the State’s farmers by using New York grown and produced ingredients in their products. New York products sold under the Taste NY branding are available in more than 70 locations throughout the State as well as the New York State Office of Trade and Tourism in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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