** Update – Riverside Maple Farms has closed since this was posted.
We recently had a week off for spring break, and when I saw that the kids could make their own maple cotton candy at Riverside Maple Farms in Glenville, we decided to head over!
It was easy to find Riverside Maple Farm, just off Route 5 / Amsterdam Ave in Glenville (Google Maps took us right there).
There was plenty of parking and we headed inside to take a tour.
There is a very nice gift shop with so many different maple items for sale. Besides wanting them all for myself, these make great gifts, especially if you want to find a nice local gift item for an out-of-town gift recipient.
We were able to start with either making our maple cotton candy or the tour, and not surprisingly, we started with the cotton candy. We suited up in caps and gloves, and headed into a room where the machine was running.
The kids were excited to pull out some huge pieces of maple cotton candy (and of course to keep and eat!).
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Next, we headed outside for our tour. We got to see the newly installed solar panels that contribute power to the maple farm operations.
We learned the process of gathering the maple syrup, from older processes to their modern version (which actually applies some suction to the lines).
Inside, it was impressive to see how the 2% sugar raw maple syrup becomes “true” maple syrup!
We also got to sample different grades of maple syrup, from light to dark.
It was fun to learn about maple syrup, try samples, and make our own maple cotton candy. We also got some maple items from the gift shop as well.
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