ENJOY OHIO’S MAPLE SEASON

Each year in February the Ohio maple industry begins the process of tapping area maple trees for their sap. Tapping a tree consists of drilling a small hole in the trunk of a sugar maple and inserting a spout. Then attaching a bucket or plastic tubing to the spout where the sap is collected.

The weather plays a big part in the type of maple harvest there will be. Cold freezing nights and warm sunny days help the sap in the trees to thaw. As sap pressure builds up in the tree the sap finds its way out. By tapping the tree, the sap has an outlet. The sap is then boiled to remove the excess water. It takes approximately 40 to 50 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup. Depending on the weather, the maple sugaring season lasts from mid-February through the first part of April.

This March why not experience Ohio’s maple season. Spend a day watching the smoke rise from the sugar houses, sample various products made from maple sugar, and eat pancakes smothered in 100% PURE OHIO MAPLE golden goodness.

Below is just a sampling of some of the maple syrup events happening in Ohio.

Maple Madness Driving Tour
Dates: March 3-4, 20-11, 2018
Time:  10 am – 5 pm
Visit selected Maple Sugaring operations across Ohio. Make sure you dress for the weather. Boots and outerwear a must!
For driving map click here.

      ASHLAND COUNTY

Fitch Pharm Farm
Dates: March 3-4, 10-11, 2018
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: 1591 Township Rd 1353, Ashland, OH 44805
800.956.2753 | website

ASHTABULA COUNTY

Bissell Maple Farm
Dates: March 3-4, 10-11, 2018
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: 82 West Ashtabula Street, Jefferson, OH 44047
Admission: Free. Free pancakes.
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URIA BYLER SUGAR HOUSE
Open March 3, 10; Hayride and Syrup tours 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
Pancake Breakfast 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: 7983 South Wiswell Road, Windsor, Ohio 44099
Website: www.4-hcampwhitewood.com
Directions to sugarhouse: Southwest Ashtabula county off St Rte 322. Enjoy a hayride and tour of our sugar bush and warm up with a pancake breakfast with maple syrup.

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY

History of Maple Sugaring 
Dates:March 3-31, 2018 (Saturdays)
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Cleveland Metroparks Maple Grove Sugar Bush
Maple Grove Picnic Area is located off Valley Parkway in Rocky River Reservation, between Cedar Point Road and Spafford Road in Brook Park, south of Rocky River Nature Center., North Olmsted, OH 44070
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The 2018 season brings another year of gathering sap, making syrup, and leading hikes through the maple-heavy woods of the Sugarbush at Maple Grove Picnic Area. On weekends from March 3 through March 18, walk through time along the Sugarbush Trail to see the sap-collecting methods and syrup-making processes used by the First People, settlers and modern sugar farmers. You’ll end at the sugarhouse to watch sap boiled into delicious maple syrup. Guided hikes leave the sugarhouse every 20 minutes (the last hike leaves at 3:40 p.m.). Groups may be accommodated on weekdays by appointment only. This program is completely outdoors – dress for the weather.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rocky River Reservation

Maple Grove Picnic Area (1/3 mile south of Rocky River Nature Center – follow signs from Rocky River Nature Center)

Terrain: unpaved, may be muddy/snowy/icy

GREEN GATE FARM
Demonstrations during the day.
Open March 10 & 11; 11 a.m.- 4 p.m
Location: 9195 Highland Drive, Brecksville 44141
330-414-9517 (cell)
Directions to sugarhouse: From I-77 Exit 149A, east on Rt 82 to Highland Drive, half mile on left. Located in an old barn, this is an example of backyard operation.

Pancake Breakfast with the Birds
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
Date: February 24, 2018
Time: 8AM – Noon
2600 South Park Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio 44120
website

This joint program with the Rotary Club of Shaker Heights includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast of plain, blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes, sausage, apple sauce, juice and coffee; guided hikes; crafts, entertainment and a bird-related show. Money raised supports the Shaker Schools third grade dictionary project. $9 for adults; $5 for children ages 4-10; and free for children 3 and under.

DELAWARE COUNTY

MAPLE SUGAR TOURS
Date: February 17, 2018
Time: 10AM-1PM
Location: Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware, Ohio 43015
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MAPLE SUGAR PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Date: March 3, 2018
Time: 8AM-1PM
Location: Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware, Ohio 43015
website

Spring has sprung, the sap is flowing, bring your family out to celebrate the season at Stratford! Start the day with a farm fresh breakfast of home-made whole wheat pancakes, Stratford sausage and local maple syrup. Then enjoy a hike along the creek to the sugar shack learning all about the sugaring process. Don’t forget to visit the farm animals. There may be a new lamb in the barn!

$10/adult and $5/child
Advanced Registration required.

 

Did you know? “In the United States there are 12 maple producing states and each year Ohio is ranked 4th or 5th in maple production.”




GEAUGA COUNTY

Pancake Breakfast at Century Village Museum
Dates:  March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 8, 2018
Times:  9am – 2pm
Location:  14653 East Park Street, Burton, OH
centuryvillagemuseum.org
Menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes served with the Society’s own maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, apple sauce, and a beverage. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 years old, and free to children 4 and under.

Pancakes & Omelets Breakfast – Burton/Middlefield Rotary
Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 2018
Times: 8am – 1:30 pm
Location: Berkshire High School
14510 North Chesire St., Burton, OH 44021
67th year serving all you can eat pancake breakfast and our famous omelets. (Breakfast $8; Ages 4-10 $5); Omelets $11

Side trips: 
Burton, Ohio is Geauga County’s oldest and first official settlement.  Located on the square is the Burton Log Cabin Sugar Camp.  Here they make and sell some of the best pure Ohio maple syrup.

“In 1931, during the throes of the Great Depression a group of dedicated members of the Burton Chamber of Commerce had an idea to combat the difficult economic times.  The idea was to construct a log cabin in the park in Burton for the purposes of making and selling maple syrup.”  – excerpt from Burton Chamber of Commerce.

Another one of my favorite stops in Burton is Quintealia’s Tea Parlor.  Read more here.

AYCE Pancake Breakfast
Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 2018
Time: 9:30am – 12:30 pm
Location: 319 Water Street, Chardon, OH

SAP’S-a-RISIN’!
Date: March 4, 11, & 18, 2018
Time: Noon – 4pm
Location: Geauga Park District – Swine Creek Reservation
16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield Township, OH
(440) 286-9516 | Toll Free (800) 536-4006
www.geaugaparkdistrict.org

Visit Geauga Park District’s sugar house, sugarbush and lodge for a sweet taste of how maple sugaring methods have evolved from the Native American tradition to modern methods – all activities FREE!

Help gather sap in the sugarbush with the help of a horse-drawn sap sled, experience the tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history, see sap boiling in the sugar house and have a taste of maple syrup, then warm up in the lodge with maple treats and live music by the Oak Island Sunk Jumpers (March 4), Mr. Haney String Band (March 11) or the Real Deal String Band (March 18).

Off-trail activities are partially wheelchair/stroller accessible; everything else is fully accessible. Registration is not required. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.

Maple Valley Sugarbush Farm
Dates: March 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th.
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Maple Valley Sugarbush
13262 Chardon-Windsor Road, Chardon, OH 44024
Just east of Chardon square!
PH: 440-537-5409
website 
If you haven’t seen maple syrup in the making, it’s certainly worth a visit. The evaporators are steaming in a short window once a year and now is the window! Take home a container of our way awesome buttery syrup!

Ma and Pa’s Sugar Shack
Dates: March 3-4 and 10-11, 2018
Time: 10am – 5pm
Location: 15161 Main Market Rd. (St Rte 422) Burton (Troy Township, OH 44021
maandpas.com
Help gather sap the old fashioned way as we hitch up the horses.Horses go out at 11:00 AM Thru 2:00 PM
Sundays March 4th & 11th Horses go out at 2:00 PM ONLY.
We do not take the horses out in heavy rain.

Sample syrup and enjoy coffee, candy and other treats made with maple syrup. Shop in the 1820’s Log Cabin.

The Geauga County Maple Festival 

Date:  April 26-29, 2018
Location:  Historic Chardon Square, Chardon, OH
The Geauga County Maple Festival, the oldest maple festival in the United States, celebrates the production of pure maple syrup in Geauga County and Northeast Ohio. Join us for four days of fun, food and ‘everything maple’. Events include Arts & Crafts, Bathtub Races, Concessions, Continuous Grandstand Entertainment, Golden Old Timers Luncheon, Historical Display, Invitational Lumberjack Competition, Pancakes in the Park, two Grand Parades. 440-286-3007

Side trip: 
For an extra “Maple” treat, stop by Maggies Donut Shop in Middlefield, Ohio and try one of their Maple Bacon donuts. Address:  15963 E. High Street, Middlefield, OH  44062 

 

 

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GREENE COUNTY

SUGAR MAPLE FESTIVAL
Dates: April 27-29, 2018
Times: Friday kick off 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown Bellbrook, OH 45305
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LAKE COUNTY

Maple Sugar Weekends at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Dates: March 3-4, 10-11, 2018
Times: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. (Rt. 6), Kirtland, OH 44094
Farmpark admission applies
lakemetroparks.com
Activities include: Tap a maple tree by hand, sample maple syrup, gather buckets with fresh sap and pour it into a horse-drawn sap collector, see how maple candy is made, create a maple craft, and more.

HOLDEN ARBORETUM PANCAKE BREAKFASTS
Dates/Times: Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, 9am-1pm, with seatings at 9am, 9:45am, 10:30am, 11:15am and Noon.

This year’s breakfast menu includes unlimited multigrain, blueberry, regular, gluten-free and new this year, chocolate chip pancakes; as well as vegetarian and traditional sausage; roasted red skin potatoes; fresh fruit salad; and sweet maple, blueberry, triple berry and sugar free syrup.

Please indicate date, time and number of meals (and any vegetarian or gluten-free meals) when making your reservations. Advance reservations are required; seating is limited. Members: The cost is $11 adults, $6 for children 4-10, under 4 free.

Nonmember tickets will go on sale March 1. The cost is $18 adults, $10 children 4-10; under 4 free. Price includes breakfast, admission to the grounds and a ticket to the Murch Canopy Walk and the Kalberer Emergent Tower.

To purchase tickets click here.

CROSS BROTHERS’ MAPLE
Dates: March 3 & 4, March 10 & 11; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Address: 1330 North County Line Road, Geneva, Ohio 44041
Directions to sugarbush: 2.5 miles north of Rt. 20 on County Line Road, just south of Cashen Road on the west side of the street.
440-413-3949
Facebook: Cross Brothers’ Maple
We are a family run sugarhouse with 600 taps on vacuum tubing and baskets. We will be offering maple syrup samples and maple products for sale. There is a short walk required to sugarhouse.

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MAHONING COUNTY

Misty Maple Sugar House
Dates: March 3 & 10, 2018
Time: Noon to 5pm
Location: 10644 West Middletown Road, Salem, OH 44460
“Come and see sap boiling into maple syrup. Take a walk in the woods and see the tubing collection system. Enjoy some hot maple syrup straight from the evaporator on vanilla ice cream.

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MEDINA COUNTY

FULTON FARM MAPLE SYRUP TOUR and PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Friends of Medina County Parks
Date: March 24, 2018
Cost $6pp
Location: Maple Valley Farm, 8701 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville, OH 44273

For registration see form.

Join us as we take a wagon tour of the Fulton family’s Maple Valley Farm sugar woods, owned and operated by five generations of the Fulton family. See the entire syrup making process from gathering the sap to boiling and bottling in the sugar house. Tours will begin and end at Buffalo Creek Retreat where you can enjoy your pancake breakfast and warm refreshments! Space is limited for this event. Registration ends March 12.

Tours will be approximately 90 minutes in duration and conducted every 45 minutes in groups of 25. Breakfast will be available either before or after your tour time. When registering, please register for your preferred tour time choice. Tour times are as follows:
9 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11:15 a.m. NOON

You will receive a confirmation notice by March 16 via email of your tour time and details regarding the event.

We will do our best to place you in your first choice time slot, but tours will be scheduled on a first-come, first served basis.

ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Sunday, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 8:30am to 1pm
The Fire Association hosts its “All You Can Eat” Breakfast every Sunday in February at Fire Station 2, 5834 Heather Hedge Dr, Chippewa Lake, Ohio. Adults: $12, seniors, kids ages 6-12 and Veterans with ID: $8; kids 5 and under free. $40 pre-sale ticket available for all four dates. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, bacon, sausage gravy and biscuits, juice, coffee, and strawberry crepes. For more information, email Dave Young at dyoung@lafayettetwpfire.com.

MAPLE VALLEY FARM
Dates: March 3 & 4, March 10 & 11; 12 a.m. -5 p.m. Open March 24 2 p.m. – 5 p.m
Address: 8701 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville, Ohio 44273
330-769-2936

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PORTAGE COUNTY

Cash Farms Pure Maple Syrup
Dates: March 3, 10, 17, 2018
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: 7057 Virginia Road, Atwater, OH 44201
Facebook page. 
Join us in March for Maple Madness! Free tractor rides to the sugar bush (weather permitting). Sample and purchase delicious maple syrup, maple pecans, maple popcorn, maple bacon donuts, and maple candy. Learn how we produce our maple syrup from tree to bottle. (Tractor rides approx 40 minutes, boots recommended, dress warm! Sugar house is easy access from driveway.) Private tours available for groups and organizations.

Goodell Family Farm – Pancake Breakfast
Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 2018
Times: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Shalersville Township
9090 OH 44, Ravenna, OH 44266 (corner of OH 44 and OH 303)
website
Admission: Adults: $8.00, Children (Age 4-12): $4.00, Children 3 and under: Free

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RICHLAND COUNTY

Maple Syrup Festival at Malabar Farm State Park
Dates: March 3-4, 10-11, 2018
Times:  Noon – 4pm
Location: 4050 Bromfield Rd, Lucas, OH 44843
This free festival is a great way to take a step back in time and enjoy learning about the history of Ohio syrup making. Experience Sugar Camp with live historical demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, food, and maple products for sale.

Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp
Dates: March 11, 2018
Time: 10am – 5pm
(Noon – 3pm : Free sausage and pancakes served with real maple syrup.)
Location: 4654 Pleasant Hill Road, Perrysville, OH 44864
Phone: 419.938.3715
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Dolce’s Tree Service
Dates: March 3 & 10, 2018
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: 2550 Crider Road, Mansfield, OH
dolcestreeservice.com
Come out and join us for the Maple Madness Tour at Dolce’s Sugar Shack located at 2550 Crider Rd. Mansfield, OH- Saturday March 3rd & March 10th from 9am-4pm
• Enjoy watching a horse-drawn wagon carry our sap to the sugar house
• Watch tapping demonstrations each hour
• Learn how maple syrup is produced through displays
• Enjoy samples of our maple products
• Top off your visit with a meal of pancakes and maple syrup.
Visit the Sugar Store for maple products, including maple candy and more!

SUMMIT COUNTY

Hale Farm and Village Maple Sugar Festival and Pancake Breakfast
Dates: March -, 17-18, 2018
Time:  10am – 4pm
Location: Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath, Ohio 44210
.Enjoy a pancake breakfast and experience the process of maple sugaring at Hale Farm & Village on March 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2018, 10:00am-4:00pm daily.

After a hearty pancake breakfast, the 19th century village is open to experience tree tapping, oxen demonstrations, a sugaring camp, maple treats and the process of creating the syrup. The crafts and trades, including glassblowing, blacksmithing, and spinning and weaving are also demonstrated throughout the day.

Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children 3–12 years of age, $5 for members and $5 for the pancake breakfast only (breakfast is served until 3pm and consists of pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverage).

Fun for the whole family! For more information call 330-666-3711.

WAYNE COUNTY

Westwood Ruritan & Wooster Twp. Fire & Rescue Pancake Day
Date: March 3, 2018
All the pancakes you can eat, sausage, applesauce, beverage. Carry-out available. Triway High School 7 AM-7 PM 330-264-9786
Website: www.woostertwpfire.org

Wooster Kiwanis Pancake Day 
Date: March 24, 2018
Locaiton: Wooster High School
Pancakes, sausage, apple sauce, beverage.

Elm Run Farms 4th Annual Farm Tour
Date: March 3, 2018 | 10am-5pm
Time: 10 am – 5pm
Location: 16808 Burkhardt Road, Orrville, OH 44667
Facebook page.
“Visit our farm to watch and learn about the sugaring process, take a hayride to the maple woods, and taste our food (donations accepted). We have 300+ trees and a wood-fired evaporator. There will be kids’ activities, hot drinks, and maple syrup samples.”

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For our more information about any of the above or to view our complete list of maple syrup and pancake events, visit NorthernOhioTourism.com.

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