Take a tasty tour of two — a centuries-old farm & a newfangled high-tech biz
Mention maple syrup, and New York probably isn’t the first state to jump to mind. That would be a northern neighbor that begins with a V.
But graced with an abundance of maple trees, the Empire State is home to many syrup makers. And during the upcoming New York State Maple Weekends, March 16-17 and 23-24, more than 130 of them will welcome the public with tours, tastings, pancake breakfasts and other offerings.
Although maple producers are concentrated in the northern part of the state, a smattering of them are within a few hours of New York City, including syrup makers in Dutchess, Putnam, Ulster, Sullivan and Delaware counties.
To get a taste of maple flavor in advance of the visitors’ weekends, The Post visited two very different producers: the long-running, family-operated Niese’s Maple Farm in Putnam Valley, and Crown Maple in Dover Plains, a 3-year-old enterprise that’s taking maple sap into new territory.