COUNTY – The 7th Annual Self-Guided Maple Tour will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20.

The public is invited to visit area maple producers throughout the region between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. both days.

“This tour is free to the public and has 10 maple bushes to choose from,” said Kelley Thornton, forest specialist for the Wayne Conservation District. “See one or all of them.”

The tour is coordinated by the Wayne Conservation District and a partnership with the Wayne County Cooperative Extension and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association.

Maple producers participating in the tour include G&M Maple Products in Dalton, Burke's Maple in Carbondale, Nebzydoski's Maple Farm in Pleasant Mount, Morning Sun Farm in Honesdale, Shemanski Maple Syrup in Waymart, Yatsonsky's Farm Market in Honesdale, Sugar Creek Maple Farm in Honesdale, Journey's End Farm in Sterling, Altemier Sugar Shack in Newfoundland and Augusta Acres in Beach Lake.

Those taking the tour will be able to see the process behind making maple syrup. Products from the producers will also be available for purchase.

In Wayne County, there is a long history in sugar making that goes as far back as the European settlers. They used maple sugar for payment and bartering goods.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association currently has more than 30 members with more than 3,000 taps from various “sugar bushes.”

On March 20, there will be two breakfasts taking place.

One will be at the Greene-Dreher Volunteer Fire Company in Newfoundland and the other will be at the Costello-Monahan-Brown American Legion Post 964 in the Pleasant Mount Emergency Services Hall.

The Greene-Dreher breakfast will take place 8:30 a.m. to noon and the Pleasant Mount breakfast will take place 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“It is a great event for families and is educational for all,” stated Thornton.

For more information and a map, please visit wayneconservation.org or contact Kelley Thornton of the Wayne Conservation District at (570) 253-0930.