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Maple Sugaring in Massachusetts


Maple syrup goes perfectly with homemade waffles and pancakes on cold, snowy mornings. Ever wonder how that delicious syrup is made? Grab the kids and check out one these local maple sugaring events, tours and locations in 2018. 

 

Ipswich

March 3 &10, 10am & 1:30pm, Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. Sugar Shack Saturdays. Watch the syruping process, do a maple- themed craft and enjoy a story and snack. Registration required. Family, $30. 978-356-5728; ttor.org

Topsfield

Weekends through March 18, 10:30am- 2:30pm, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Take a naturalist-guided tour and watch the entire sugaring process, right down to a sweet taste. Dress warmly with warm waterproof footgear for the sugaring tour. Adults, $11; child, $9. 978-887-9264; massaudubon.org

March 24, 8:15am - 2pm, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. We wrap up the maple sugaring season with the Spring Flapjack Fling. Bring your family and friends for this special breakfast and enjoy the fruit (ok, sap!) of our labor and our maple trees on some delicious pancakes. Dress warmly with warm waterproof footgear for the sugaring tour. Adults, $17; child, $14. 978-887-9264; massaudubon.org

Belmont

March 3, 10am & 1pm, Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary 10 Juniper Road Belmont. A Habitat tradition! Bring the kids and grandparents and learn how maple syrup is made from sugar maple trees. We'll try our hand at a few sugaring activities, hear stories, and visit a few places on the property including our tapped sugar trees. We'll boil down a little of our sap and taste! All ages. Registration required. $10. 617-489-5050; massaudubon.org

Lincoln

March 2, 8, Hours vary, Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. Listen to a story of maple sugaring and take a walk out to our sugar bush. We’ll check out our evaporator to see how sap is turned into syrup, and enjoy a tasty maple treat. For ages 3 - 12. Registration required. $15.50. 781-259-2200; massaudubon.org

March 6, 3:30pm, Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. Maple Moo-Milk the cow, then check to see if the sap is running through the maple trees. For ages 3 and older, but younger siblings welcome to register. Registration required. $16.50. 781-259-2200; massaudubon.org

March 7, 1:30-4:30pm, Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. Homeschool Maple Science and History-Learn about the structure and seasonal adaptations of maple trees as we visit the sugar shack and experiment with sap, syrup and sugar. We’ll venture out to the sugar bush, collect sap, learn about sugaring equipment of today and yesteryear, and enjoy a maple treat. Ages 5 -12. $32. 781-259-2200; massaudubon.org

Weston

March 24, 9 am-noon. The Bill McElwain Sugar House at Weston Middle School, 456 Wellesley St, Weston, Sugaring Off. Tour the Sugar House, watch maple sugaring demonstrations, and enjoy a maple-y breakfast, all led by student in our Maple Education programs. See website for details. landssake.org

Brookfield

Weekends through April 1, 2pm. The Warren Farm, 31 Warren Street, N. Brookfield. Hear stories about the Native Americans' role in the early history of sugaring, then continue by demonstrating colonial methods and tools for collecting and boiling, and discuss the future of sugaring. During a quick trip to the woods explore two different systems used today, and have an opportunity to see new technology. Aspects of nature, science, meteorology, and math will be woven into the presentation. The tour then heads to the sugarhouse, where a large evaporator stands ready to receive sap from collection tanks outside. Here, everyone will learn how sap is boiled into syrup, and see the equipment and gauges needed for this process. End back at the greenhouse display for more stories and sampling. $5. 781-659-2559; www.thewarrenfarm.com

Sturbridge

Weekends through March 25, 9:30am – 4pm, Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. Maple Days-Join in for four weekends of the Maple Days event throughout March, where you can see maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century rural New England in OSV's working sugar camp. Free with admission. 800-733-1830; osv.org

Natick

Through March 24, Mon.-Sat., multiply times. Natick Community Organic Farm, 117 Eliot St, Natick, Lasting 45 minutes to one hour, and led by knowledgeable guides, you or your group will learn the fascinating history of and science behind this classic tradition. $7. www.natickcenter.org

Sharon

March 17, 18, 25,10am–3pm, Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill St., Sharon. This 90-minute outdoor, guided tour includes meeting people portraying characters from the past as they go about their daily tasks, including sugaring. Conclude your tour at our operational sugar house and enjoy a taste of the final product. After the tour, return to the Visitor Center for additional self-guided activities, including a children’s craft table, a sugaring quiz board, a pictorial look back at Moose Hill’s sugaring past, and hot chocolate. Pancakes with syrup, "sap" dogs (hotdogs cooked in maple sap), maple-sugar dusted popcorn, and more delicious food items will be available for a small additional fee at the Visitor Center. Ages 4-18. Registration recommended. $10. 781-784-5691; massaudubon.org

Canton

March 24-25,10am-4pm, Blue Hills Reservation, 11 Blue Hill River Rd, Canton. Join Trailside and the Massachusetts DCR as they continue a more than 20-year-old tradition of making maple syrup at Brookwood Farm in the Blue Hills Reservation. Discover how people learned to get sugar from a tree as you take a walk down "Maple Lane" to meet people who share the maple story and who help you handle and use sugar making tools. Adults, $10; child, $5. 617-333-0690; massaudubon.org

Norwell

March 11, 11am-4pm. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacob Lane, Norwell. Join us as we explore maple history, culture and production. Enjoy the process from start to finish as you help tap the trees for sap and then watch how it is boiled into syrup. The day will include scheduled woodland walks for tree tapping, sweet treats, historical interpreters, fun crafts and lots of hands-on activities. $8. 508-867-0174; southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org


 

More Maple Sugaring Locations in Massachusetts

Lincoln

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

208 South Great Road

781-259-2200

massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/drumlin-farm

 

Natick

Natick Community Organic Farm

117 Eliot St. (Rt. 16)

508-655-2204

natickfarm.org

 

North Andover

Turtle Lane Maple Farm

978-258-2889

turtlelanemaplefarm.com

 

North Attleboro

Davell's Farm

30 Orchard Drive.

508-699-7228

davellsfarm.com

 

Plainfield

Fournier's Sugarhouse

206 S. Central St.

413-634-0299

fournierssugarhouse.com

 

Thatcher's Sugarhouse

12 Broom St.

413-634-5582

thatcherssugarhouse.com

 

Saugus

BreakHeart Reservation

177 Forest St.

781-233-0834

saugus.org/fobr

 

Shelburne Falls

Country Maple Farm

39 Old Greenfield Road

413-772-9384

countrymaplefarms.com

 

Gould's Sugarhouse

Mohawk Trail

413-625-6170

goulds-sugarhouse.com

 

Wheel-View Farm

212 Reynolds Road

413-625-2900

wheelviewfarm.com

 

 

South Hadley

Stone Silo Maple Sugar

355 N. Main St.

413-532-8459

laflammeapartments.com/html/maplesy.html

 

 

Sturbridge

K.E. Farm

317 Lead Mine Road

508-347-9323

maplesugarhouse.com

 

Maple Ledge Farm

26 Vinton Road

508-347-5558

facebook.com/maple.ledge

 

Topsfield

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

87 Perkins Row

978-887-9264

massaudubon.org/ipswichriver

 

Uxbridge

River Bend Farm Visitor Center

287 Oak St.

508-278-7604

blackstonevalleysugaring.org

 

West Bridgewater

Matfield Maple Farm

107 Matfield St.

508-588-9858

matfieldmaplefarm.com

 

Westfield

Pomeroy's Sugarhouse

491 Russellville Road

413-568-3484

pomeroysugarhouse.com

 

Westhampton

Bridgmont Farm

61 Chesterfield Road

413-527-6193

bridgemontfarm.com

 

Hanging Mountain Farm

188 North Road

413-527-3210

hangingmountainfarms.com

 

Mayval Farm

149 Easthampton Road

413-527-6274

mayvalfarm.com

 

 

Westminster

Rock Island Farm

258 West Princeton Road

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25 Feb 2014


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