You may be forgiven for being a little skeptical of what I’m about to tell you, if you’re one of the many who is currently hip-deep in snow, but spring really is just right around the corner and with it: Maple Sugaring Time!
If you’re scratching your head at that, it’s clear you are not from this part of the country because, up here, everyone knows about sugaring time. It’s a major, seasonal event in this part of the United States!
“Sugaring time” comes in the early spring when the sap begins to run into the buckets hung from the taps in the maple trees. The sap in these buckets is then collected by the sugarmakers and taken to a sugar house where it is carefully cooked down into pure and delicious, Massachusetts maple syrup.
Mid-February through mid-April is maple sugaring season and you’ll know it’s time when you begin to see the telltale puffs of steam billowing from the sugar houses and, better yet, when the air fills with the delicious scent of maple sugar: mmmmm – so good!
If you want to visit a real sugar house to watch the sugaring process – and maybe even sample some fresh maple candy or maple syrup – why, you can!
Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock, MA has a real, operating sugar house that you can tour. Their farm has over 10,000 tapped maples and a two-boiler sugar house. Best of all, they converted their calf barn into what they call their “Calf-A.” Here they serve pancake breakfasts – pancakes you can smother with their own, fresh, Berkshires maple syrup. Yum!
Maple Sugaring Time at Ioka Valley Farm’s Sugar House
open mid-February through early April (whenever they’re boiling)
3475 Rte-43, Hancock, MA
(1/2 mile west from Jiminy Peak Resort)
Berkshires Spring Lodging
Spend a few days in the Berkshires this spring and witness the unfolding of this beautiful season from the comfort of our Berkshires bed and breakfast inn! Applegate Inn in Lee, MA offers you the combination of luxury, tranquility, service, and convenience you need to be able to fully relax during your Berkshires vacation. Our convenient location puts you within minutes of all major Berkshires attractions, plus we’ll spoil you with candlelight breakfasts, afternoon wine and cheese, evening cognac and chocolates, and more!