The Massachusetts Maple Producers Association will hold its Massachusetts Maple Weekend this weekend -- sugar shacks invite everyone to see how maple syrup is made and often to taste the results.
Ioka Valley Farm
Robert and Melissa Leab, 3475 Route 43, Hancock, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Ioka Valley Farm offers sugarhouse tours and tastings. The Calf-A serves pancakes, waffles and French toast with Ioka's maple syrup.
(413) 738-5915, iokavalleyfarm.com
Chickley Alp Farm
The Purinton Family, 60 W. Hawley Road, Hawley, 9 to 5 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Maple syrup made on a wood-fired arch, jugs of maple syrup for sale. Expect mud and snow -- bring boots! (413) 339-4313
Jennings Brook Farm
Steve and Maureen Jennings, 83 Beach Hill Road, New Ashford, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A working beef/maple farm offering firewood, with a Woodmizer sawmill for custom sawing. Taste maple syrup products made with modern technologies in a traditional manner. Wear boots! (413) 458-8438
Moose Mountain Maples
Alan Minery, 172 West Center Road, Otis, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tours. Watch us boil as we explain the process. Sap gathering -- buckets for children and adults to collect around the sugarhouse. Syrup tasting, syrup and candy for sale.
Sweet Brook Farm
Pete and Beth Phelps, 580 Oblong Road, Williamstown, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tours of the sugaring operation and tastings of the different maple grades will be available. Syrup, maple candy, maple cream, and maple-roasted nuts for sale. (413) 884-4246 www.sweetbrookfarm.com
Windsor Hill Sugar House
Andy and Trisha Schmidt, 1155 Savoy Road, Windsor, on Route 8A. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Tour of new sugarhouse and sugaring process. Tasings of maple cream, jelly, syrup, maple soda and maple milk. Free coffee and homemade cinnamon buns with maple cream topping. Maple syrup, jelly, maple cream, maple sugared nuts, granulated sugars for sale. Fresh free-range chicken eggs available year round for $3 a dozen. (413) 684-1410, email@example.com
High Hopes Sugarhouse
Brian and Karen Rowe, 1132 Huntington Road, Route. 112, Worthington, at the Huntington town line. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and SundayGift shop with maple products and local crafts. ‘All you can eat' sugarhouse buffet through mid-April. Maple syrup, maple cream, Indian sugar, maple candy and maple cotton candy for sale. (413) 238-5919 or (413) 222-5919 www.highhopesmaple.com
The Red Bucket Sugar Shack
Jeff and LeAnn Mason, 584 Kinne Brook Road, Worthington. Saturday 8 to 2 and Sunday 8 to 3: Watch the process of turning sap into syrup, enjoy our pancake restaurant, and satisfy your sweet tooth with many maple products, including maple kettle corn and maple cotton candy. Pancake restaurant open through mid-April. (413) 238-7710
Windy Hill Farm
Jerry Mollison, Sam Hill Road, Worthington. We are one of the oldest sugarhouses in Hampshire County. We serve breakfast during sugaring and foliage season. Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Restaurant will be open. We will be boiling and showing how it is done, with samples. (413) 238-5869
Information from massmaple.org