Maple Weekend II Arrives


maple weekend

Article by
Walt Pickut

The second of New York State’s Maple Weekends arrives on Saturday and Sunday March 29 and March 30 for anybody who missed the first one last weekend and for anybody who didn’t miss it and wants to come back for seconds.

The 2014 Maple run is still in full swing and Maple syrup producers throughout Chautauqua County are enjoying great production and turning out a very tasty product this year. Local Maple producers are opening their doors again to entertain and feed their friends and neighbors on this once a year springtime delight.

Fairbanks Maple, owned and operated by Douglas and Linda Fairbanks at 9265 Putnam Road in Forestville are again offering horse-drawn wagon rides on Sunday, tours of their sugar shack and free Maple tastings, samples and an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 10-2. Adults $9.25, kids $4.75. (716) 965-4208 / (716) 785-2142.

The Gerber Family’s Clear Creek Farm at 5067 Morris Road in Mayville, a year round sheep farm producing 500 market lambs every three years, also taps a modest sugar bush of 1000 trees and offers maple production demonstrations, tastings and maple products for sale along with horse drawn wagon or sled rides. (716) 269-2079 / (814) 777-0038.

Big Tree Maple is owned and operated by the Munsee Family at 2040 Holly Lane in Lakewood. See sap boiling, the making of Maple cream and sugar and enjoy the free samples. Fun for the whole family! (716) 763-5917.

Red’s Best Pancake House, proudly run by the Redlecki family at 2749 Clymer-Sherman Road in Sherman offers steaming stacks of pancakes with their “Hot, Sticky ‘n Sweet” best syrup from 7:30am to 2pm, Adults $8.00, Children $4.00, other maple products are for sale along witrh tours of their high production sugar shanty in operation.

The second Maple Weekend of the 2014 sugaring season promises to be a sweet and fun springtime family experience, an annual ritual worth enjoying and repeating.

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.