From Sap To Sugar at Shaw’s
Clinton’s main sugar shack opened its doors to the public recently.
Hundreds of people braved the bitterly cold, windy weather in mid-March to get to Maxwell Road for some maple syrup goodness at Shaw’s Maple Products. The maple syrup producer participated in New York’s Maple Weekend, which is actually two consecutive weekends in March.
“Maple Weekend is a chance for the public to come to the farm to learn about New York’s maple sugar making processes and traditions and to provide a chance to taste pure maple syrup in its many forms – right from the source. This event is organized by and sponsored the New York State Maple Producers Association,” according to the Maple Weekend’s website.
Shaw’s Maple Products had maple everything to sample. There were maple milkshakes, maple cookies, maple cotton candy, maple popcorn and the list goes on.
In addition to free samples of various maple syrup products, they had multiple maple-infused goodies for sale. The process of making sap into syrup was also demonstrated.
Maple Weekend, which takes place in late winter every year, draws a big crowd to the Maxwell Road sugarhouse. Carol Shaw, owner of Shaw’s Maple Products, said the event brings in several hundred people each weekend the event takes place.
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