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While we’re all excited that March Madness is approaching (and that the University of Buffalo appears poised to make a run in the NCAA Tournament), there’s another March tradition currently taking place in New York state.

March marks the height of maple season, which runs from February to April in the Northeast. These are the months when temperatures are generally above freezing during the day and below freezing at night, perfect for collecting sap from maple trees. As temperatures fluctuate from cold to warmer, maple trees expand and contract, which makes sap flow up and down the tree trunk so that it can be collected by farmers.

New York state maple farms celebrate the season by hosting Maple Weekend in March. During Maple Weekend, participating maple farms open to the public, allowing people see how they make maple syrup and purchase maple products.

New York Maple Syrup

According to, 75% of all U.S. maple syrup comes from New York and New England. However, Canada has its reputation for a reason: 80% of global maple syrup production is based in the Canada, compared with about 20% in the U.S. A century ago, those figures were reversed, but several factors, including climate change and Canadian subsidies, have played a role in growing maple production across the border.

maple syrup bucket collecting sap
The traditional way to harvest maple syrup involves boring a hole into a tree, inserting a tap and collecting sap that flows from the tree into the bucket below. The sap is then boiled to make maple syrup. writes that New York state is home to over 2,000 “maple sugarmakers,” or people who make maple syrup. Maple sugarmakers collect sap from maple trees through a process called tapping and boil the sap until the water content is reduced, turning it into maple syrup. On average, it takes about 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup, according to

Want to see how maple syrup is made and sample some of the freshest syrup around? You don’t have to go far — Buffalo and Western New York are home to many maple sugar farms producing 100% pure New York maple syrup, as well as a variety of other maple products. You can’t get much more sustainable or local than that.

Where To Celebrate Maple Weekend

Several local maple sugar farms will be open during the state’s upcoming Maple Weekend, which takes place this year during the weekends of March 23-24 and March 30-31. During Maple Weekend, maple farms across New York State open their “sugar houses” to the public so that visitors can see how maple products are made, enjoy a pancake breakfast, sample maple syrup and purchase a variety of products made with maple sugar, including maple cream, maple suckers and maple cotton candy.

The weather might still be cold, but a plate of warm pancakes with hot, fresh maple syrup is the best way to warm up this month. Visit a nearby maple farm and taste for yourself. There are more than 15 maple farms within 30 miles of Buffalo, so it’s easy to take a day trip out and sample some delicious syrup. Many are open daily, while others are open by appointment, so call ahead before taking a trip if you’re not going during Maple Weekend.

Below are some of the closest maple farms to Buffalo open during Maple Weekend in 2019. Click on the maple farm name to find out more about their Maple Weekend activities and schedules, products they offer and contact information for the farms.

Maple Farms in Buffalo & Western NY

Open Both Maple Weekends (March 23-24 & March 30-31)

Gaeta Family Farm
3789 Ridge Road
Lockport, NY 14094
(716) 439-9435

Gaeta family farm tapping maple trees wny
Farmers tap maple trees and collect sap to make into syrup and other maple products at Gaeta Family Farm in Lockport, NY. [Image: Gaeta Family Farm]
Weber’s Maple
241 Davis Road (St Rt 240)
West Falls, NY 14170
(716) 652-2420

Smith’s Maple Farm
5257 Mayer Road
Hamburg, NY 14075
(716) 649-9465

maple products smith's maple farm
Maple products, including maple popcorn, maple coffee and maple tea, are available for purchase at Smith’s Farm as well as other local maple farms. [Image: Smith’s Maple Farm]

Meyer Harvest Patch
611 Route 20A
Strykersville, NY 14145
(585) 652-4721

Wolf Maple Products
9355 Chestnut Ridge Road
Middleport, NY 14105
(716) 735-9102

George’s Maple Products
1766 Route 77
Strykersville, NY 14145
(585) 591-8132

Sweet Dream Maple Farm
1116 Reynolds Road
Corfu, NY 14036
(585) 356-2669

Gabel’s Maple Syrup
3843 Lenox Road
Lawtons, NY 14091
(716) 592-5247

Randall’s Maple Products
10307 Smithley Road
Alexander, NY 14005
(585) 547-3596

MB Maple Farms LLC
2065 Clinton Street Route 354
Attica, NY 14011
(585) 708-4393

Kirsch’s Maple
3175 Route 77
Varysburg, NY 14167
(585) 535-7006

Ploetz’s Maple Syrup
12833 Dowd Road
Springville, NY 14141
(716) 597-7945

maple syrup at ploetz's maple syrup
Varieties of maple syrup are available at Ploetz’s Maple Syrup in Springville NY. [Image: Ploetz’s Maple Syrup]
Wendel’s Maple and More
2502 Vaughn Street
East Concord, NY 14055
(716) 592-2299

Open 2nd Maple Weekend Only (March 30-31)

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd
Amherst, NY 14228
(716) 689-1440

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