2012 March Maple Madness Driving Tour

March is here and that means the March Maple Madness Driving Tour is ready to roll.

The tour is sponsored by the Ohio Maple Producers Association and maple producers across Ohio. The event takes place March 17 & 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year there are 32 stops in 14 counties across Ohio
that will be open for the free, drive-it-yourself tour.
Experienced sugar makers will be on hand to answer questions and conduct the tours. Amish sugarhouses are Saturday only.

Dress for the weather with coats and boots.

A complete tour stop list will be available at each stop orcan be printed off at www.ohiomapleproducers.com. Some of the stops will be small operations where enough sweet, golden syrup is made for the family’s annual needs to large commercial operations.

Maple syrup is made in only a very small part of the entire world. Ohio is in the heart of this amazing area. Maple syrup production in northeast Ohio dates back to Native Americans who tapped the maple tree each spring to make sweet sugar. The tradition continued, beginning with early settlers and has survived to today.

Visit a maple operation during the 2012 March Maple Madness Driving Tour and learn about pure maple syrup. 

Hub Stops – Visit For Local Directions And Other Information
 
BURTON AREA HUB STOP

1. Burton Sugar Camp, Log Cabin on the south end of Burton Square. For over seven decades, the Burton Chamber Of Commerce has operated this working sugarhouse with maple sales funds used locally. See syrup being made, maple candy or cuddle up to the fireplace and just relax. Free parking available around park. Open all year.
www.burtonchamberofcommerce.org.

1. Pancake Town USA, Burton, Serving every Sunday in March.Since 1950, mountains of fresh pancakes covered with pure maple syrup and all the fixings have been served up by Burton civic organizations. Money raised stays in community. For locations, times and costs visit www.burtonchamberofcommerce.org

2. Saturday March 17  Only – 10 – 6 – White House Chocolate,14607 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87), Burton east. An old-time candy & gift shop located in a century home where you can sample fresh made chocolate candy, maple cotton candy along with other delicious chocolate treats. They are also maple producers so you can ask maple questions.
 
3. Saturday March 17 Only – Sugar Valley Maple, James Miller Family, 15771 Chipmunk Lane, Middlefield. South of Rt. 87 between White Rd. & Lake St. Weather permitting, watch horses collect sap in the sugar bush. Large maple candy selection. Amish Saturday Only

4. Saturday March 17 Only – Maple Hill Farm, Daniel Byler Family, 15658 Burton Windsor Rd, Middlefield, east of Old State Road, Rt. 608, Middlefield. 4th generation traditionalstyle sugarhouse. 1000 taps on buckets. Amish Saturday Only

5. Creekside Maple, Bob Welder Family, 16767 Swine Creek Rd., Middlefield, east of intersection of Rt. 608 & Rt. 528. Picturesque, modern sugarhouse tucked along Swine Creek. Saturday enjoy a pancake breakfast 9 to 1.
 
6. Geauga Park District Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Rd., Middlefield. 1.5 miles south of Rt. 87. Learn the history of maple syrup making with park display. Hands on activities. Conditions permitting kids can help gather sap. www.geaugaparkdistrict.org 440-286-9516
 
7. Sugarbush Creek Farm, 13034 Madison Road (Rt. 528), Middlefield, south of Mayfield Road (Rt. 322). Saturday 10-5, Sunday noon to 5. High tech maple operation with 2,200 taps. Horse drawn wagon ride to sugarhouse. www.ohiomaplesyrup.com

8. Messenger Century Farm, Belew Family, 17098 Messenger Road, Auburn Township. Historic working farm. Sugarhouse in 1905 building. Easy Access
 
9. Ma & Pa’s Gift Shop, 15161 Main Market Road (Rt.422)
Troy Township. 2 miles east of Rt. 700 & 2 miles west of Rt.528. Hitch up the horses at 1:00 and see how sap is collected the old fashioned way. Gift shop in 1820’s
moved & restored log cabin. www.maandpas.com

10. Saturday March 17 Only – Olde Tyme Sugarhouse Dinner, First United Methodist Church, 14999 S. State Avenue,Middlefield, Rt. 608 South of Rt. 87. Maple dinner 4:30 to 7 Adults $10, 6 – 12 $7.

CHARDON AREA HUB STOP

11. Richards Maple Products, 545 Water St., Rt. 6, Chardon City. 100 years of serving the maple industry. Maple syrup gift shop with samples, maple candy demonstration at 10:30 & 2, and 1930’s operating sugarhouse. Easy access www.richardsmapleproducts.com

12. Sunday March 18 Only Geauga County Maple Festival Sugarhouse, South end of Historic Chardon Square, Rt. 6 & Rt. 44, Chardon. 1 to 4 Enjoy fresh maple stirs and other tasty maple treats in working sugarhouse. (83nd Geauga County Maple Festival April 26 – 29, 2012) www.maplefestival.com
 
13. March 17 & 18 Only – Salo Maple Products, 16434 Leggett Road, Montville. Great backyard operation with 500 taps. Maple nuts & candy available.
 
14. March 17 & 18 Only – K-C Maple Syrup, 16350 Hart Road, Montville. Great backyard operation with 350 taps using wood fired evaporator. Easy access to sugarhouse.

15. Grossman Maple Products, 12147 Claridon-Troy Rd, Claridon, north of Rt. 322. New timber framed sugarhouse. 500+ taps on tubing with vacuum, 3X12 wood fired evaporator.Easy access
 
ASHTABULA COUNTY
16. Saturday March 17 Only – Deer Run Sugarbush, Ray
Gingerich, 1537 Easton Rd, Colebrook, 1.5 miles east of Rt.46, south of Rt. 322. Heated sugarhouse set back in the woods, Amish Saturday Only

17. Saturday March 17 Only – May Hill Maple, 10238 Dennison Ashtabula Rd., Colebrook, east of Rt. 46 and north of Rt.87. New sugarhouse with modern equipment. Syrup made on farm for over 75 years. Easy access.

18. Saturday March 17 Only – Bissell Maple Farm, 3741 Higley Road, Trumbull Township. Modern sugarhouse with 100 years of history. Food, snacks & fun. Enjoy a warm fireplace, music and scenic location. www.bissellmaplefarm.com

19. Cline Family Sugarhouse 5069 S. Wright Street Kingsville Saturday 10 – 5 Sunday 12:30 – 5 Making syrup for over 25 years with 550 buckets. Easy Access.
 
20. Saturday March 17, 10 to 5 Only – Camp White Wood, 7983 S. Wiswell Road, Windsor, south of Mayfield Road (Rt. 322).Maple camp with tours, tasting, activities. Fee for pancake breakfast.

24. Licking County – Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown
Road, Newark. 1925 Log Cabin is deep in woods now used as sugarhouse with maple displays. Maple trees planted in 1918 to make syrup. www.dawesarboretum.org

25. Mahoning County – Saturday March 17 Only, Noon to 5. Misy Maple Sugarhouse, 10644 Middletown Road, Salem. Third generation syrup maker in operation since 1984.

26. Medina County – Maple Valley Farm, 8701 Hubbard Valley Road, Guilford Township. Fourth and fifth generation producers. Tour dairy barn, see calves, and hayride to woods.

27. Monroe County – Misty Mountain Estate, 32600 Christman Ridge Road, Malaga Township. Third generation sugar maker. Tour woods to see pails and tubing system, historical displays and hands on activities.
 
28. Portage County – Creekside Sugar Bush, 3567 Industry Road, Rootstown. New producers just getting started with new operation.

31. Summit County – Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road,Bath. Admission charged. Ohio historic site with sugaring operation, see tapping, collecting, log house, early American crafts & trades. Pancake breakfasts fee.
www.halefarm.org.

32. Trumbull County – Saturday March 17 Only Hopewell
Sugarhouse, 9488 Rt. 534, Mesopotamia, north of Rt. 87.
Mental health facility where residents help collect sap for traditional sugaring operation.

(Above submitted by Terese L. Volkmann, Tour Chair, Ohio Maple Producers Association)

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