Syrup makers preparing for Maple Weekend

GOWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Maple Weekend is right around the corner in Western New York, and the Maple Glen Sugar House in Gowanda is getting ready.

Paul Lesefske, part owner, said, “I think we got a little of a later start. I think we have seen three good syrup runs that we have made syrup. I am optimistic that is going to be a little longer season into the second week of April.”

That’s a big difference from two years ago when Spring came in February.

Maple syrup makers rely on Maple Weekend for 20 to 30 percent of their sales. They need temperatures like WNY saw on Friday with highs in the mid-40s with a steep drop-off below freezing at night.

Since January 1, there have been just eight days that met that criteria. But Lesefske says the later start has allowed them to put together some of their other products.

“We make the Maple candy, the cream, granulated sugar, the Maple drops, the Maple peanuts are a big hit this time of year for Maple Weekend. We also do the chocolate-covered Maple candy So there is a lot of different things that you can do other than poor it on pancakes,” he said.

This year, Lesefske said he is expecting production to be right at or just above average. For more information on locations participating in Maple Weekend, click here.

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