Maple Magic at Natick Community Organic Farm
Pancake Breakfast Maple Magic Festivities begin with the Farm’s annual pancake breakfast in the cafeteria of Memorial School from 8 AM to 11 AM at 107 Eliot St. Natick, MA 01760. Breakfast goers are treated to yummy wheat and/or gluten-free vegan pancakes smothered in NCOF’s own maple syrup. Musical duo Michael Williams and Toni Lynn Washington will be performing jazz and blues, so feel free to dance along; it’s the perfect way to burn off that sugar rush. Check out the agricultural demonstrations, the nonprofit and fair in the foyer, and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of many fabulous prizes. Breakfast tickets will be sold at the door, see prices below. Cash, check, and new this year, credit cards will be accepted! NCOF Members: $10 adult/$5 kids 10 and under/kids under 2 free. Non Members: $12 adult/$6 kids 10 and under/kids under 2 free. Not a member yet? NCOF membership may be purchased at the door. Maple Sugaring Past and Present Tours Leap across the road to continue the Maple Magic fun from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Natick Community Organic Farm, 117 Eliot St, Natick MA 01760. Take a maple sugaring tour, learn about Native American and Colonial sugaring techniques, and experience how NCOF boils sap into syrup in its wood-fired evaporator. If you work up an appetite walking around the farm, the Trolley Dog food truck will be here selling fried dough with NCOF maple syrup, Maple Magic hot dogs (with bacon and NCOF maple syrup), hot cocoa, and more. This event will be held rain or shine. Sugar Tour Prices: $8/person, kids under 2 free; NCOF Crofter level members ($125) receive 3 free Maple Magic Day tour passes. More About Natick Community Organic Farm and Maple Sugaring Founded in 1975, The Natick Community Organic Farm is a nonprofit, certified-organic farm providing productive open space, farm products, and hands-on education for all ages, year-round. Every February, NCOF hangs collecting buckets on hundreds of sugar maple trees throughout Natick, Wellesley, Sherborn, and Dover. Sunny days in the 40s (Fahrenheit) and nights below freezing trigger the sap inside the sugar maples to run from the roots up to the buds. The Farm collects this sap with the help of youth and adult volunteers and concentrates it using its wood-fired evaporator. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. The start and length of the sugaring season is entirely weather-dependent, but usually lasts from the end of February to the end of March. On average, the Farm produces 150-250 gallons of maple syrup a year, which it sells to the public to support its farming operation. Don’t forget to buy some of our own syrup to bring home after your tour! Educational Tours of the NCOF Sugar Shack Forty-five-minute public and 75-minute school tours of the sugar shack are available to both individuals and groups of up to 20 people from mid-February through late March. Educational tours are $8 per person; there is no charge for kids under 3. Advance reservations are required. Please call the Farm to check availability; to book a tour for your family or school group please email Christine Schell at email@example.com or call (508) 655-2204. Visitors are welcome to stop by the NCOF sugar shack whenever steam is rising from the shack’s roof, a signal that boiling is in progress. For more information, visit www.natickfarm.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.