BOSTON, N.Y. - Along with the start of spring, every year around this time maple farmers celebrate maple season.
Maple Weekend, held annually in New York, invites friends and neighbors into their local sugar shacks to sample the syrup and candy. It's also an educational opportunity to learn how the sweet stuff is made.
At Smith's Maple Farm in Boston, it's a family affair. Bridget and Carl Smith own and run the farm together. During maple weekend, Bridget puts together the open house for sales.
"We sell our maple products, maple pancake mix, and a lot of samples to taste," Bridget said.
Carl runs tours of the sugar shack.
"We reach a temperature of seven degrees above the boiling point of water, and then we take it, run it through the filter press to clean out any impurities," he explained.
They also attract customers with kids' activities.