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What’s happening in Massachusetts this weekend? Think local, think “finds,” and think maple.
We’d be remiss to fully claim that this is all that is happening this weekend in Massachusetts regarding maple sugaring, so, we won’t; but this is certainly a starting point for figuring out how to have some Massachusetts maple sugaring weekend fun!
The season is coming down to its last few weeks, but there are still quite a few ways to experience Massachusetts maple sugaring, and from a historical standpoint, we’re starting with Old Sturbridge Village and their Maple Days.
Old Sturbridge Village, Maple Days: Having initially kicked off earlier this month, Maple Days run during weekends in March, and offer visitors the opportunity to see maple sugaring as it was done in the early 19th-century! This weekend is you’re last chance to catch Maple Days, running on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th, from 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566, Telephone: (800) 733-1830
Hilltop Orchards, Maple Syrup Weekend: Join the good folks at Hilltop Orchards for maple sugaring demonstrations, tastings, as well as delicious wine and baked goods. Taking place on both Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th, from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Hilltop Orchards, home of Furnace Brook Winery, 508 Canaan Rd / Rt 295, Richmond, MA 01254, Telephone: (800) 833-6274
Ioka Valley Farm, Celebrating Maple Sugar Season: Celebrate maple sugaring season at Ioka Valley Farm, as their Sugar House is open to visitors through early April. Featuring a collection of maple sugaring activities, visitors can get an up-close look at the process of turning fresh maple sap into pure maple syrup, and also talk to a real sugarmaker. The sugarhouse is open to visitors whenever they are boiling, please call ahead to confirm. Ioka Valley Farm’s Calf-A, also serves freshly made pancakes, waffles, and French toast with their very own pure maple syrup, along with many other maple products. The Calf-A is open on weekends through April 7th, from 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Ioka Valley Farm, 3475 Route 43, Hancock, MA 01237, Telephone: (413) 738-5915
Berkshire Grown’s March Maple Dinner: Berkshire Grown chefs have teamed up to celebrate the first harvest of the season, maple sugaring, with a fundraiser to benefit Berkshire Grown and its Share the Bounty project. With the overall goal of helping farmers and hungry families, together, Berkshire Grown and Share the Bounty buy local farm-fresh food and organize for it to be delivered to a local food pantry. The dinner will feature a delicious multi-course meal highlighting local ingredients. Taking place on March 26th, at The Red Lion Inn, the fundraiser will start at 6:00 P.M. For reservations and ticketing information, please call: 413-528-0041. The Red Lion Inn, 30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262, Telephone: (413) 528-0041
Are there any Massachusetts maple sugaring events and activities that you would like to see featured? If so, please tell us in the comments below!
(Photo Credit: Old Sturbridge Village, www.osv.org)