Just a little repeat from my post last season:
"What I love the most about visiting Vermont's sugar houses is not only the tasting/buying of their finished products, but it is their pride and delight shared with visitors when they showcase their sugaring process. I feel like family as soon as we enter the facilities. Moreover, the comradery shared with their fellow sugar makers is so special! Maple sugaring season is such a festive event, I can never get enough of it all."
Stay tuned for more updates from their site! We will be hitting some Western Mass sugarhouses before then because I CANNOT resist the call of the aroma of boiling maple syrup wafting off of the evaporator! We recently passed a sugarer fixing his lines in NW CT and it just made me even more excited for open house weekend!
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
I will be updating Vermont's Open House Weekend soon, as well as the Massachusetts' Maple Weekend - their Maple Weekend 2020 will be March 21-22. Details will be posted in mid-February. I have been to several sugarhouses in south central Mass and they are fantastic! (My go to sugaring operation close by is Maple Corner Farm in Granville, MA. A divine breakfast there does not disappoint!)
Who doesn't love all things maple! Let's support our local sugarmakers and get in the spirit of our sweetest season, just a few weeks away!
APRIL 24, 25, 26 2020
"The 54th Vermont Maple Festival is a celebration of Vermont’s first agricultural crop of the year: Maple Syrup. The three-day event is held annually in St. Albans Vermont. Come explore Spring in Vermont and the many Maple Exhibits and food demonstrations, Parade, live entertainment for the family, an Antique Show, Craft & Specialty Food Show and so much more."
I'm getting geared up and very excited for my upcoming trips to MA and VT just a few short weeks away. Celebrating Valentine's Weekend with a stop at the first weekend opening of the Maple Corner Farm pancake breakfast at their sugaring house in Granville, MA on the 15th.
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Alas, I could not hold out any longer to feed my maple syrup obsession, so this past Sunday, we drove to SW MA for our first pancake breakfast with oodles of maple syrup smothered on top! Love blueberries in my pancakes! It was divine, and sitting next to the wood burning stove was great. Unfortunately, they were not boiling sap in his sugarhouse due to recent weather extremes. The owner feels that in two weeks, there will be enough sap for a boil so we shall return!
The drive out into the lower Berkshires was so beautiful, albeit, only traces of snow. We are still in a holding pattern for winter down here and it was 50 today! I saw a few buds ready to pop on my walk today and it just feels so abnormal. We have only had two small snowfalls this year and the grass is turning green on some lawns in northern CT. I'm also wondering how this pattern will affect the sugaring in southern New England..... A lot of the trees we saw were not tapped yet but I am confident that it will turn around and it will be a great maple season in the northeast.
I bought a new griddle and this weekend, I can't wait to use my maple syrup that I bought at the Peacham Fall Festival last year. Pancakes and french toast it is! Still looking forward to my sugarhouse loops in MA and VT!