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2018-19 Southern Adirondack Guide

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34 Thurman – Cultivating its Rural Heritage Thurman has forever romanced her land and waterways. Hardy settlers cleared thick forests to create pastures, build homes and grow crops. They harnessed creeks to power mills for grinding grist or sawing lumber. The woods also offered wild game and maple sap, while streams and rivers supplied fresh water, fish, furs and transportation. Today, many in Thurman still seek sustenance from nature’s abundance, heating with wood, and hunting and farming to help feed their families. Many sell their goods, both at area farmers’ markets and from home garden stands. Some, like our many maple producers, establish websites for online orders. Thurman boasts the four largest commercial maple producers in Warren County. Hidden Hollow Maple Farm is operated by three generations of the Wallace family, and currently boasts the highest number of taps of the four. Valley Road Maple Farm was worked for ove r 100 years by the Combs family and recently enlarged its facility. by the Kenyon family since the late 1800s. Toad Hill Maple Farm, worked by the Galusha family for over 40 years, recently constructed a large timber frame sugar house and added a covered bridge to take guests on wagon rides to the sugarbush. New on our public maple tours are Windy Ridge and Mud St. Maple All of these maple producers make an extensive product line that includes syrup, sugar, cream, popcorn, peanuts and candies, and often juggle “day jobs” along with the exhausting job of sugaring. Said one, “We do what we do because we love it.” This passion to produce wholesome food has fueled many in Thurman over recent decades. Since 2005, Nettle Meadow Farm has been expanding its herd, facility and product line of internationally-acclaimed gourmet cheeses made from sheep, goat and cow milk. Whitefield’s Farm pioneered in the area with all-natural turkeys, eggs and garden goods New on our farm landscape are Blackberry Hill Farm and Sanctuary with certified organic vegetables and herbs, poultry and non-GMO pork, and nearby Windy Ridge Farm LLC, which produces garden goods and maple syrup and wooden wares on a farm owned by one family for over 200 years. Many work at the traditional Adirondack trade of logging, now with increased attention to sustainability of this valuable resource, The sugar bush atAdirondack Gold Maple Farm has been owned Reach our advertisers at: • • •

35 MUSIC IN THE HILLS OF THURMAN: 2018 Minutes from Lake George Concerts in the Park Monday nights 7–9 pm @ Veterans’ Memorial Field 311 Athol Road, Athol NY | 518-623-9649 | Free concerts partly funded by Warren County occupancy tax dollars Under cover; Bring chair, extra layers. Wheelchair/bus accessible Marty Wendell July 2 Tom Chapin July 9 Ernie Sites July 16 Donna Britton July 23 Michelle Howland & Tyler John Peter | July 30 Jazz Noir August 6 Who’s Yer Paddy? August 13 Hartley Family Band August 20 Stony Creek Band August 27 Cheese Jams To benefit Kemp Sanctuary Nettle Meadow Farm 484 S. Johnsburg Rd., Thurman, NY 518-623-3374 | Old Main June 22 Adam Brockway & Friends August 11 Ross’s Charity Barn Party Raffle & auction benefit Double H Ranch | August 11, 1 – 11 pm Potluck, music, barn dance | 748 Glen-Athol Rd. | 518-623-2899 Reach our advertisers at: • • •

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