Maple season, in full swing this month, is best celebrated with a pancake breakfast and a visit to a sugarbush in Geauga County.
A sugarbush is the operation of tapping maple trees, gathering the sap and taking it to a sugar house, where it is boiled down into maple syrup and maple sugar.
Some maple producers do it the old-fashioned way, using a horse-drawn dray to gather buckets of sap to take to the sugarhouse, while others have adopted a system of plastic hosing and get help from gravity. No matter how it’s done, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.
You’ll be able to sample syrup wherever you go, and if you have a good palate, you will be able to taste how production from one sugarhouse varies from another. Most of the producers are in Geauga County, but there are a few in Lake and Ashtabula counties, as well.
Amish farms are open on Saturday only.
Here’s where to discover folks making maple syrup around Northeast Ohio. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10 and March 11 unless otherwise noted, although some others could be closed on March 11, if they are Amish farms normally closed on Sundays.
- Bissell Maple Farm: 82 W. Ashtabula St., Jefferson; open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Burton Chamber Log Cabin Sugar Camp: 14590 E. Park St.
- Grossman Brothers Maple Products: 12233 Claridon-Troy Road, Chardon
- IQ Maple Syrup: 18266 Thorpe Road, Chagrin Falls
- KC Maple Syrup: 16350 Hart Road, Montville
- Maple Valley Sugarbush: 13262 Chardon Windsor Road, Chardon
- Messenger Century Farm: 17098 Messenger Road, Auburn Township
- Pleasant Valley View Farm: 8810 Madison Road, Montville
- Red House Honey: 12831 Auburn Road, Munson
- Richards Maple Products: 545 Water St., Chardon
- Salo Maple Products: 16434 Leggett Road, Montville
- Sugarbush Creek Farm: 13034 Madison Road, Middlefield
- Sugar Valley Maple: 15771 Chipmunk Lane, Middlefield
- White House Chocolates: 14609 Kinsman Road, Burton; closed March 11
- Cross Brothers Maple: 1330 N. County Line Road, Madison
Pancake breakfasts in Burton
Sundays March 11, 18 and 25
- Pancakes and omelets at Berkshire High School, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Pancake breakfasts at Century Village, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Pancakes and sausage at Burton Fire Station on the Square, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Pancake breakfast American Legion Post No. 459 on Goodwin Street, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A version of this story by Janet Podolak was originally published on News-Herald.com. Image credit: News-Herald file photos.