Events to kick off Vermont maple season
Merck Forest & Farmland Center
Maple Celebration and Pancake Breakfast: Panckakes, eggs, pork sausage, coffee, juice and Merck maple syrup. Tree tapping demonstration, sap-house tours, wagon rides and possibly newborn lambs.
Where: 3270 Route 315, Rupert
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Admission: $10 for adults and $5 for children 4 and older. Children under 4 get in free.
Information: (802) 394-7836, merckforest.org
Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association Maple Open House Weekend -- sugar shacks invite everyone to see how maple syrup is made and often to taste the results. Maple syrup and maple products for sale at most sites.
Events include ...
Ball Brook Sugar House
David Dence, 196 Sweet Road, Pownal, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Watch David Dence's family and friends make maple syrup and maple cream. Free maple popcorn and coloring books.
Dutton Berry Farm
Paul and Wendy Dutton, 2083 Depot St., Manchester. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tours of the sugarhouse, music on Saturday. (802) 365-4168
Jim and Josie's Maple Syrup
Jim and Josie Ameden, 1055 Route 11, Londonderry, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Family sugaring for generations, wood-fired evaporator and samples. (802) 824-3245
Mance Family Tree Farm
David Mance, 217 Holliday Dr., Shaftsbury, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Wood-fired evaporator, samples and syrup. Sunday only, sugar on snow. (802) 447-7300
Rick Kobik, 207 Maple Hill Road, Shaftsbury. Wood-fired evaporator, free saphouse tours and maple goodies. (802) 375-2251
Mountain Valley Maple Farm
Michael Lourie, 1498 Route 153, West Rupert, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free coffee, doughnuts and waffle sticks, free maple samples and tours. (802) 394-2928
XR Maple Farm
Rick Hawley, 180 Salter Hill Road, Arlington, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Detailed tours and hot syrup samples. (802) 375-2805
Wing Farm Maple Syrup
McEnaney family , 599 Townline Road West, Shaftsbury
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, tubing and buckets with wood-fired evaporator. (802) 345-3966
Information: Full list of farms and events at vermontmaple.org
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