Maple Sugaring is a seasonal epicurean delight, an outdoor celebration to savor, and a time-honored Vermont tradition!
Local Vermont maple producers invite you to join them at their sugar houses on March 24 and 25 to sample not only new syrup, but other great ways to get your sweet fix (see nearby sugarhouse listing below). Activities are typically different at each sugar house. Weather permitting you can see first-hand how maple sap is collected and boiled down to make syrup. Some sugar makers offer horse-drawn wagon tours of their sugar bush and some have special activities for children. Others offer maple donuts, pancakes and syrup , maple candies or taffy-like “sugar on snow.”
Vermont’s maple sugaring typically usually runs between late February into April. When warm days and cool nights cause the sugar maples’ sap to begin to flow again, sugar-makers collect sap to boil down to pure Vermont maple syrup. In fact, it takes 40 gallons of sap to create one gallon of maple syrup.
Vermont is the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup. Producing 1.3 million gallons of syrup last year, Vermont generates over 40 percent of the country’s maple syrup. It’s no wonder Vermont calendars and cookbooks are overflowing with maple festivals and maple recipes!
Vermonters know that spring has arrived when sugaring season starts. Warm days and cold nights mean that maple sap is running, and that means that sugar makers are hard at work. But they’re not so busy that they don’t want to stop to celebrate!
The Artisan Restaurant at the Four Columns Inn will be serving Maple-themed dinner items in addition to their standard menu from 5.30 pm – 9.30 pm on Friday and Saturday nights; reservations are required and can be made by us at the time of your arrival.
March 24-25 MapleFest Weekend Open House Sugarhouse Locations nearby Frog Meadow:
- Robb Family Farm: 822 Ames Hill Rd Brattleboro 802.257.0163 www.robbfamilyfarm.com
- Paradise Farm: 828 Marlboro Rd Brattleboro 802.258.2026 www.paradisefarmsugarhouse.com
- Matt’s Maple Syrup: 370 Higley Hill Rd Brattleboro 802.4649788 www.mattsmaplesyrup.com
- Lilac Ridge Farm: 264 Ames Hill Rd Brattleboro 802.258.2000 www.lilacridgevt.com
- Evans Maple Farm: 61 Spalding Hill Rd E Dummerston 802.257.0262 www.evansmaplefarm.com
- Hidden Springs Maple Farm: 162 Westminster West Rd Putney 802.387.5200 www.hiddenspringsmaple.com
Note: Because no two sugar houses are the same, it’s fun to visit more than one!
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