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Warm days and cool nights mean many things in Massachusetts. But in March it means only one thing, the sap is running! March is maple month and even our Governor declared a proclamation. From the Berkshires through central Massachusetts and from north of Boston to south of Boston, sugar maple trees are being tapped to collect sap to make liquid gold or as you know it, maple syrup.
Throughout the month of March there are lots of fun things to do with a maple theme. Here are just a few.
Massvacation.com has a dedicated maple page with some great ideas for activities and events across the state. Visit a local sugar house and watch the process from sap to syrup. Many local attractions and maple sugar houses host maple days and maple breakfasts.
Demonstrations & Tours:
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon, MA: Enjoy their “Maple Sugar Festival” in mid-March, featuring syrup making, a guided walking tour that tells the history of maple sugaring and (of course) syrup tasting in the sugar shack. In the Nature Center, you’ll find a collection of maple delectables like hot pancakes, “sap” dogs, and maple sugar popcorn. Pre-registration is recommended, and can be reserved by calling 781-784-5691.
The Warren Farm and Sugarhouse, North Brookfield, MA: Open on weekends in March for tours, you’ll learn everything from the early Native American history of sugaring, colonial methods, and how to collect and boil sap. You’ll enjoy a live sap to syrup demonstration in their sugarhouse, free sap and syrup tasting, hot drinks, and a free maple recipe booklet. Reservations are required for tours, so please call ahead: 508-867-0174.
Old Sturbridge Village, one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums, regularly hosts Maple Days on select weekends through March, featuring the entire sugar-making process in an interactive, kid-friendly manner. You’ll learn how sugaring has evolved over time, and live demonstrations of the traditional Native American methods.
In nearly every Massachusetts village or town, you will find a sugarhouse — for a complete listing click here — a collection of them that feature tours, demonstrations, and restaurants. The following are just a few of the many!
How about a bite to eat and a sweet, maple treat?
The Massachusetts Maple Producers Association also provides a great resource on where to find sugarhouse restaurants; you can view a map of all MA locations, or simply just search by city or town.
Here’s a sample listing:
Davenport Maple Farm, Shelburne, MA
Gould’s Maple Sugarhouse, Shelburne, MA
Hamilton Orchards, New Salem, MA
High Hopes Farm Sugar House, Worthington, MA
Ioka Valley Farm, Hancock, MA
Maple Corner Farm, Granville, MA
North Hadley Sugar Shack, Hadley, MA
Pomeroy Sugar House and Restaurant, Westfield, MA
Red Bucket Sugar Shack, Worthington, MA
South Face Farm Sugarhouse, Ashfield, MA
Warfield House Inn at Valley View Farm, Charlemont, MA
Williams Farm Sugarhouse, Deerfield, MA
Where’s your favorite spot in Massachusetts for a sweet, maple treat? Tell us in the comments below!