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Sanger’s Sugar House

Located in the heart of West Chazy, Sanger’s Sugar House is known for its family-oriented atmosphere and delicious maple sugar. Walter Sanger, the original owner, purchased the farm and land in 1924. A year later, he began what would become a three-generation business — making maple sugar. “Sangers have made maple syrup from these trees ever since,” Kim Sanger said, the current co-owner with her husband Lee Sanger, son of Ben Sanger. Visitors often look forward to Pancake Weekend, an annual event where pancakes, applesauce, sausage, coffee, milk and Sanger maple products are served. Pancake Weekend began in 1970 when…

Located in the heart of West Chazy, Sanger’s Sugar House is known for its family-oriented atmosphere and delicious maple sugar.

Walter Sanger, the original owner, purchased the farm and land in 1924. A year later, he began what would become a three-generation business — making maple sugar.

“Sangers have made maple syrup from these trees ever since,” Kim Sanger said, the current co-owner with her husband Lee Sanger, son of Ben Sanger.

Visitors often look forward to Pancake Weekend, an annual event where pancakes, applesauce, sausage, coffee, milk and Sanger maple products are served.

Pancake Weekend began in 1970 when Ben Sanger, Walter Sanger’s son, hosted the event at Sanger’s Sugar House. The idea originated from his friend Bob West, owner of his square dance club, who told him he was hosting a pancake breakfast and asked Ben Sanger if he wanted to house the event.

“The best part of Pancake Weekend is the people [who] come from Albany, Vermont and all over the North Country,” Sanger says. “We love to hear people talk about how their parents brought them when they were kids. Now, they’re bringing their kids and grandkids.”

The pancake breakfast is inside a large heated tent set up outside next to Sanger’s Sugar House. This “all-you-can-eat” event costs $8 for adults and $4 for kids under 12 years old; children 5 years old or younger eat for free.

“Pancake weekend is like a rite of spring that people really love and anticipate,” Sanger says.

Those who can’t attend pancake weekend are still encouraged to stop by Sanger’s Sugar House to observe how maple sugar is produced and to see its sugaring antiques.

— by Kiana Myers and Safire R. Sostre

Issue 10 : Winter/Spring 2018

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