On March 16th the Erie County Agricultural Society will conduct a “Maple Extravaganza Tour” providing a behind the scenes look at Western New York’s vibrant maple syrup industry. The four-hour tour, open to all ages, costs $20 per person and includes bus transportation to two local maple farms, a homecooked pancake breakfast, guided tours of two sugar bushes and a maple cream “make & take” activity.
The “Maple Extravaganza Tour” takes place before the start of the region’s popular Maple Weekend produced by the New York State Maple Producers Association. At the Wendel and Ploetz Maple Syrup farms tour, goers will experience the sugar making processes from the tapping of trees to the boiling and finishing processes. Family traditions will be shared that will provide a greater understanding on what it takes area farmers to bring pure maple syrup to market.
The tour is part of the Society’s ongoing Adult Ag-cation program that promotes a greater understanding of the region’s agricultural resources and provides instruction on how to use agriculture in everyday life.
8:30am- Arrive at Fairgrounds
8:45am- Load Bus
9:00am- Depart Fairgrounds
9:30am- Arrive at Ploetz’s Maple Syrup
Tour & Breakfast
10:45am- Load Bus
10:55am- Depart Ploetz’s
11:10am- Arrive Wendels
Tour and Make & Take
12:30pm- Load Bus
12:45pm- Depart Wendels
1:20pm- Arrive back at Fairgrounds