By Alicia Dziak

Wendel’s Farm is a pillar in the Southtowns community. Located on 12466 Vaughn St. (Route 240) in East Concord, just outside of the village of Springville, Wendel’s is famous for its chicken barbecues in the summer, pumpkin patch in the fall, and this time of year, for its maple syrup.

If you’ve never been there before, the upcoming Maple Weekends, March 22-23 and March 29-30, are the perfect times to check it out. On these two weekends, Wendel’s maple production will be on display for maple lovers from all over western New York.

“Our sugar house has an upper observation deck, so you can view the operation from there,” said Bernie Wendel, who owns the maple operation of Wendel’s Farm.

Wendel’s incorporates a state-of-the-art evaporator, special syrup pans and a highly efficient steam away process to create their maple products, all of which will be on display during these weekends.

In addition, visitors can enjoy a fun-filled Wendel’s hayride through the sugar bush to get a behind-the-scenes look at the tapped trees and reverse osmosis process that concentrates the sap.

After the hayride, be sure to sample the various grades of syrup and stop in the store to purchase variety of maple products.

“Besides syrup, we have maple sugar pieces, maple jelly, maple mustard, maple-coated peanuts and more,” said Wendel.

While in the store, shoppers can also stock up on some of Wendel’s famous chicken pot pies and soup!

Don’t miss your chance to support a local business while learning something new and indulging on some springtime sweetness! Wendel’s will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days of the two maple weekends.

For more information, call (716) 592-2299.