This time of year, the scent of maple is literally in the air. Sugar houses throughout the countryside are boiling down maple sap for syrup and the steam is heavy with the scent. It can be difficult to concentrate when you catch a whiff of that delectable, pure maple syrup.
Quit day-dreaming and take this seasonal opportunity to visit an actual sugar house! There are lots of maple producers dotting the Berkshires but one of the most popular in our area is Ioka Valley Farm in Williamstown, MA.
Ioka Valley Farm is known for a lot of things: natural, hormone free beef, pumpkins and squash, Christmas trees, and more. This time of year, however, they’re known primarily for their pure maple syrup, and specialty maple products.
Ioka Vally Farm has been a locally owned, Berkshires family farm since 1936. While they didn’t start producing maple syrup until the early 1990’s, their operation has grown by leaps and bounds. What began on the kitchen stove with just 13 maple taps has now grown to over 10,000 taps and two modern maple boilers!
During maple sugaring season, Ioka Valley Farms opens the doors of their sugar house. Visitors are encouraged to come check out the works, ask the sugarmaker questions, and enjoy maple samples.
They even converted their calf barn into a cafe or “Calf-A,” as they call it. During sugaring season, you can sit down to a meal of hot pancakes or french toast topped with fresh and pure maple syrup! Mmmmm!
Visit the farm, see the maple sugaring process, enjoy a delicious meal, and take a few items home with you from the gift shop. What a nice way to spend a lovely spring day in the Berkshires!
Ioka Valley Farm Sugar House
3475 Route 43, Hancock MA 01237
Sugar House Tours and Tastings:
Weekends, Feb 11th through April 9th, 2017 8am to 3:30pm
Be sure to visit the Ioka Valley Farm website for more info and directions.
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