The Maple sugaring season in Massachusetts is a short one, typically running from mid-February to mid-March. This is the time when temperatures rise enough for the sugar maple sap to flow.
Sugarmakers collect the sap with taps and buckets, then boil it down in their sugarhouses to make pure and delicious Massachusetts maple. The sweet and seductive scent of maple from their operations is a wonderful part of the season. Come experience it during Massachusetts Maple Month!
Massachusetts Maple Month 2019
Massachusetts Maple Month highlights and celebrates the annual maple sugar harvest. Farms and sugarhouses across the state open their doors to visitors during Maple Weekend, which is scheduled for March 16th and 17th, 2019.
Maple Weekend is an excellent time to learn all about the maple sugaring process – as well as sample some delicious and fresh maple products! There are sugarbush tours, fresh maple samples, pancake breakfasts, wagon rides, and more. Each farm has its own approach and attractions for the event. Restaurants and other venues get in the act, as well, with maple themed-events and specials.
Though March is the site of Maple Weekend and Maple Month, all the maple fun isn’t restricted to one weekend or month. Many maple producers, even those who don’t directly participate in Maple Weekend 2019, are open to visitors throughout the season.
Applegate Inn, our Berkshires B&B, is surrounded by a variety of Mass maple producers – but one of our favorites is Ioka Valley Farm.
Ioka Valley Farm
Ioka Valley Farm is just up the road from us in Hancock, MA. They’re known for, among other things, their natural beef, produce, Christmas trees, and – of course – pure maple.
The farm has been producing maple since the early 1990’s and is now up to 18,000 taps! The farm produces and sells a variety of maple products, including maple syrup, sugar, cream, butter, mustard, and bbq sauce.
Better yet, you can sit down to a hot plate of pancakes, waffles, or french toast drenched in fresh maple syrup at the farm’s converted calf barn “Calf-A!”
Visit Ioka Valley Farm Sugar House
You can visit the farm year ’round but the sugar house is only open whenever they are boiling during sugaring season. Weekend sugar house tours and maple tastings are available from mid February through early April.
Ioka Valley Farm – 3475 Route 43, Hancock MA 01237
Learn more at the Ioka Valley Farm website.