Maple-syrup producers around the state will open their doors this Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend.
The annual event celebrates the maple season and gives visitors a chance to learn about the sugaring process.
Some sugarhouses offer tours of their sugarbushes and many have activities for families, including sugar-on-snow parties and sampling of maple syrup.
“We expect to have another good year of maple syrup production,” said Bill Clark, a sugarmaker in Rutland County. “The weather this year is reminiscent of the 1949 season, when trees were tapped as early as Valentine's Day.”
Vermont is the largest U.S. producer of maple syrup and produced more than a million gallons of syrup in 2011. Vermont has about 2,000 maple producers.
“Maple sugaring is a rich part of Vermont's identity and heritage,” said Betty Ann Lockhart, author of the book “Maple Sugarin' in Vermont” and member of the Vermont Sugarmakers' Association. “The Maple Open House Weekend is a quintessential Vermont event that celebrates this timeless tradition.”
Information: vermontmaple.org .
These local sugarhouses will be open Saturday and Sunday, unless otherwise noted.
Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm, 256 Falls Brook Lane. Steep hillside sugarbush; boiling (weather permitting). Sugar on snow, tours and maple products for sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.nebraskaknoll.com .
Boyden Valley Winery and Farm, 70 Route 104. Continuing demonstrations, wood-fired maple sugar arch, maple doughnuts, tours, free syrup samples, wine and local food tasting, and sugar-on-snow. www.boydenvalley.com .
Putnam Family Farm, 145 Putnam Road. Boiling, if possible. Sugarhouse tours, syrup samples, free sugar-on-snow. Syrup for sale. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.putnamsvtmaplesyrup.com .
Cook's Sugarhouse, 72 High Chaparell Drive. Boiling weather permitting, sugar-on-snow. Small backyard sugarhouse with 2x6 evaporator with 125 taps; mostly pipeline, small vacuum system. 802-888-3267.
Edwards Family Sugarhouse, 521 Edwards Road. New, updated sugarhouse. Maple syrup tastings and product available for sale. 802-644-5723.
Lasting Spring Maple, 126 Hunt Farm Road. Free sample of maple syrup. Coloring books and other activities for kids. Maple syrup, maple candies, granulated maple sugar, and sugar on snow for sale. 802-644-5627.
Palmer Lane Maple, 114 Palmer Lane. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Self-guided tours around sugar woods. Boiling and candy-making demonstration. Maple-sugar candy, maple cotton candy, and maple syrup for sale. www.palmerlanemaple.com .
Quarry Hill Farm, 400 McGovern Drive. Modern operation, free samples, products for sale. www.quarryhillfarmmaple.com .
Butler Family Maple, 689 Codding Hollow Road. Post-and-beam sugarhouse, open house specials on maple syrup in glass and plastic containers, free syrup samples. Boiling with wood-fired evaporator. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 802-635-7692.
Lehouillier Maple Orchard, 320 Sinclair Road. Rustic sugarhouse with modern equipment. Wood-fired arch. Free sugar on snow. Maple syrup, maple walnuts and candy for sale. 802-888-6465 or 802-635-3563.
Mansion House Maple Syrup, 3313 Clay Hill Road. Boiling demo and explanation (if boiling), maple products and sugar on snow. For sale: maple syrup, maple cream, maple sugar, maple topping, maple doughnuts and cookbooks. www.mansionhousemaple.com .
Jacob Brook Farm, 71 Babcock Road. Sugar on snow, boiling demontrations, food and drink, syrup sampling, product available for purchase. jacobbrookfarm.com .