Berkshires maple sugaring time begins when it starts to be warm enough in the day – 40 degrees or more – for the sap in the maple trees to begin flowing. On a maple farm, these trees will have been tapped, with buckets hanging from them to catch the flow of the maple sap. Once the bucket has collected enough sap, it is collected by a sugarmaker and taken to a sugarhouse, where it will be cooked down into maple syrup.
Depending on the sugar content of the maple sap, it can take up to 86 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup!
There’s nothing quite like the sweet, seductive smell of maple sap being boiled down into delicious maple sugar. During the Berkshires maple sugaring time, one can catch the scent here and there in the hills and valleys where the sugarhouses are. Better yet, many of the farms that produce maple syrup encourage visits and tours with samples of fresh, Berkshires maple candy and syrup!
Berkshires Maple Sugar Producers
Circle J. Maple Syrup, 48 Oleson Road, Florida, 413-663-7604
Crystal Brook Farm, 19 Main Road, Tyringham, 413-243-3237
Deer Run Maples, 135 Ed Jones Road, Otis, 413-736-8189
Ioka Valley Farm, 3475 Route 43, Hancock, 413-738-5915
Jennings Brook Farm, 83 Beach Hill Road, New Ashford, 413-458-8438
Mill Brook Sugarhouse, New Lenox Road, Lenox, 413-298-3473
Olde Remington Farm, 1301 Main Road, Savoy, 413-743-8224
Sweet Brook Farm, 580 Oblong Road, Williamstown, 413-884-4246
Turner Farm Sugarhouse, 11 Philips Road, South Egremont, 413-528-5710
Windsor Hill Sugarhouse, 1155 Savoy Road, Windsor, 413-684-1410
There’s even an annual March Maple Dinner – March 21st, 6pm – to celebrate local food and the Berkshires maple harvest with some of the region’s best chefs! Held at Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort on 55 Lee Road in Lenox, the March Maple Dinner includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before dinner, plus a live auction. The dinner will be maple infused and sourced from local ingredients and products. Tickets are available online at: www.eventbrite.com
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