2019-03-09 / Front Page

Tap into Maple Weekend!

Fitzgerald Family Farm on Snowman Road in Potter County is one of the most recent additions to the popular Potter-Tioga Maple Weekend. Each producer offers its own features. At Fitzgerald’s, there will be maple recipe samples and a mini-farm animal tour. Here, Loren Fitzgerald and son John are drilling and tapping during a previous year’s sap run.Fitzgerald Family Farm on Snowman Road in Potter County is one of the most recent additions to the popular Potter-Tioga Maple Weekend. Each producer offers its own features. At Fitzgerald’s, there will be maple recipe samples and a mini-farm animal tour. Here, Loren Fitzgerald and son John are drilling and tapping during a previous year’s sap run.
Syrup production is ramping up for the 15th annual Maple Weekend. Producers across Potter and Tioga counties are planning open houses from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17.

The event began in 2005 and now has 17 participating farms across Potter and Tioga counties offering demonstrations and maple products, as well as tours to share stories of each farm and processes used to produce syrup.

Some farms fire with natural gas or fuel oil, while others use a  traditional wood fire during the evaporation process. While most farms have gone to tubing and vacuum pump systems, a fair number still hang some buckets in the trees, and a few have foregone central collection altogether.

Even the creation of products varies at each location. They range from maple salad dressing or barbecue sauce to jellies, cookies, maple milkshakes and cotton candy.

Each farm has a specialty and a recipe or two that have been passed down through the family over generations. Some producers will be serving breakfast.

Maple Weekend has been a big hit for producers, drawing visitors from downstate Pennsylvania and several other states.

Local operators unanimously agree that there’s potential for Pennsylvania to be as well-known as Vermont and Canada for its maple syrup.

Potter/Tioga Maple Producers Assn. sponsors the tour. Details can be found on the website, pamaple.com. Potter County operations on the tour include:

• Hamilton’s Maple Products, 19 Bunnell Road, Ulysses; 848-9853.

• Rathbun & Weber Maple and Honey Products, Pinneo Hill Road, Shinglehouse; 698-2481.

• Wending Creek Farms, 1079 Baker Creek Road, Coudersport; 274- 7280.

• Brydonson Farm, 592 N. Ayers Hill Road, Coudersport, 274-9680.

• Sons of Dunn Farm, 1880 N. Ayers Hill Road, Coudersport; 274-7247.

• Fitzgerald Family Farm, 144 Snowman Road, Coudersport; 274- 7825

• Sticky Bucket Maple, 1145 Parker Hill Road, Sabinsville; 628-2230.

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