Boiling Sap

2016 opening the steam ventsThe first step toward Maple Weekend is always the boiling of our sap.  This year, sap started flowing early, with our first boil on February 2, 2016.

The sugar house is well equipped, but the work requires constant attention – from feeding the fire to checking the syrup and drawing off the final syrup.  Fortunately we have lots of help when it is needed.

2016 Chris and Charlie

The Sap is Flowing

2016 First boil Maple sap started flowing the first of February. At 12:10am Chris went out to the woods to pump the tanks. After a busy season before Christmas, with our first Kiosk at Eastview Mall, we had time in January to add a new pump line from the woods to the road.  That will reduce time spent collecting the sap.

2016 Line RepairNext came time to change the taps and make a winter check of downed trees in all of the woods where we collect sap. Lots of walking to check each line and get each tree ready for tapping.

Check our FaceBook page for lots more pictures, and some videos of sap and syrup running.

Stop by our store and pick up some syrup for your next batch of pancakes. And put Maple Weekend on your calendar.

 

Our Store

A self-service Maple Stand is located on CR 28 next to the house.  If you are visiting, please park on Rushmore Rd.

From the South

From Route 332 in Canandaigua, turn right on County Road 28. Go 7.6 miles. Stoney Ridge Farms is 1 mile past thruway overpass on right. Turn right on Rushmore Road and park.

From the East

From Thruway Exit in Manchester, take Route 21S in Manchester to Rt. 96N. Go 3 miles, turn right on County Road 28, go 2 miles to Stoney Ridge Farms, turn right onto Rushmore Road and park.

From the West

From 490E, take last exit to Rt. 96S in Victor. Follow Rt. 96S, 8 miles to County Road 28, turn left. Go 2 miles to Stoney Ridge Farms on right. Turn right on Rushmore Road and park.

From the North

From Fairport and Palmyra take Rt. 31. Turn on to County Road 28(Macedon Rd.) Follow to Rushmore Road, turn left and park.

Maple Weekend

rodas pics for maple weekend & check leaks 068The taps are all in, the sugar house is clean and ready, so now we are waiting for temperatures to rise above freezing.

In our spare time, we are preparing for Maple Weekends.  Put us on your calendar!

Dates: March 21, 22 and March 28, 29
Time: 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Open House:

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Taste testing
Maple Syrup demonstrations
Children’s maple activities

Our Store:

Maple Syrup
Molded candy
Maple cream
BBQ sauce

Stoney Ridge Farms 096maple weekend 172Pancake Breakfast
10:00 – 3:00
Pancakes
Sausage
Coffee
JuiceDonation:
Adults $7
Children $5.

The Rodas Family

rodas-familyStoney Ridge Farms is a 77 acre medium size maple syrup farm in the Town of Farmington, New York. The owners, Chris and Melinda Rodas met in 2004, selling maple sap from their small sugar bush of 400 trees while managing a black angus cow/calf operation, certified by the Beef Quality Assurance Program. In 2013 they expanded their maple operation to 3200 taps, built a new sugarhouse and installed state of the art equipment. Plans are underway to activate other untapped sugar bushes in the area.

The farm was originally in the Melinda (Rodas) Power family and was known as the Power Farm in the late 1800’s. Growing up on the farm, Melinda was active in 4-H, showing beef cattle and horses. A graduate of St. John Fisher in Business Management with a human resource concentration, Melinda now works at Tractor Supply, formerly assistant manager, currently working in shipping and receiving while raising a family.

Chris Rodas works at Ingleside Machine Co. INC in Victor and is a aerospace certified welder, building his own evaporator and other maple equipment, and is currently designing a new tap for maple saplings. In his early years, Chris worked at the Gillis Farm in Victor, where he met his maple syrup mentors, Chuck Winship from Sugarbush Hollow and Jack Lauder and received additional support and farm Knowledge from Terry Rothfuss and his Grandpa John Rodas. Chris and Melinda’s new addition to the family is Charlie, born in October 2013 and their pride and joy.

Goodness in Maple Syrup

We all know that maple syrup tastes great on our pancakes.  It definitely satisfies our sweet tooth and provides great flavor.  But here are some of the natural components of Maple Syrup that may also be healthy for you.

  • Polyphenols, plant-based compounds that work as antioxidants.
  • Zinc, needed to keep your level of white blood cells up.
  • Manganese to protect immune cells from inflammation.
  • Calcium, Potassium and Iron are also found in maple syrup

Now, let’s be honest, maple syrup is primarily a source of sugar. Excess consumption of sugar can contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, tooth decay and heart disease.  But if you can replace refined sugar with maple syrup, benefits will come with the great taste.

Winter on the Maple Farm

Its winter, so our maple trees are dormant and the farmers markets are closed. So what do we do on a Maple Farm?

At Stoney Ridge Farms, we are preparing for Spring and “the liquid Gold Rush”.  While we have some time, we have run tubing in another Sugar Bush, in expectation of increasing our taps by 50%.  And we are preparing the Sugar Shed for the new season, with a new ceiling in the store, with insulation and a wood furnace to keep us all warm.  The evaporator is cleaned up and ready to go.  The wood is split and stacked.

We held our first Stoney Ridge Farm Maple Weekend Open House in 2014. We experienced sun, snow, a little rain, and lots of syrup, pancakes, coffee, and we met our neighbors, family and many new friends.

sap-shedWe want to invite you, your family, and your friends to visit us from 10am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday March 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 28th and 29th 2015.

Come tour our state of the art maple shed. Come learn about the history of maple syrup and the benefits of the best syrup.  Watch as the sap from our trees is cooked into syrup, see our maple syrup demonstrations, taste the flavors of this year’s fresh syrup, get recipes for cooking with maple. Parents and children will enjoy our outdoor activities, and everyone can partake in the pancake breakfast.

We are offering a wide variety of maple products including maple syrup, molded candy, maple cream, granulated sugar and BBQ sauce.

We welcome you to stop by and tour the shed!