March is Massachusetts Maple Month! Maple sugaring houses are boiling down their sap and filling the air with the delicious scent of fresh, Massachusetts maple syrup. Now is your chance to come and experience the Berkshires maple syrup harvest up close!
Berkshires maple syrup producers have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. Sugaring houses all around the Berkshires are busy boiling down the sap they’re collecting to produce fresh and delicious Berkshires maple. It’s a tradition that occurs every spring, mid-February to mid-April. Once temperatures reach 40 degrees or more and the sugar maple sap begins to run again, it’s maple sugaring time!
Maple tree farms – sugarbushes – hang their sap buckets on taps driven into the trunks of sugar maples and collect the dripping sap. The buckets are then collected and the contents boiled down to remove the water, leaving pure maple syrup behind. Up to 86 gallons of sap may be needed to get just 1 gallon of syrup!
Best of all, you can come and experience the Berkshires maple syrup harvest in person!
March is Massachusetts Maple Month, with a special Maple Weekend set for March 17th and 18th. Maple Weekend is the annual celebration of the Massachusetts Maple harvest. The event sees both maple farms and restaurants participating with special maple themed-events and specials.
Many maple sugaring houses that are NOT directly participating in the Maple Weekend still open their doors during the season for tours, samples, maple breakfasts, and much more. The Lee, MA area is no exception with 6 Berkshires maple producers within 25 miles of our Berkshires B&B!
Ioka Valley Farm
3475 Rte 43 Hancock 01237 – website
Ioka Valley Farm is very close yo our Berkshires B&B and will be participating in Maple Weekend 2018 (8am to 3:30pm). Guests will enjoy maple tours, tastings, and a chance to enjoy a mpale breakfast in their Calf-A.
Windy Hill Farm
1 Sam Hill Road Worthington 01098 – website
Windy Hill Farm is participating in Maple Weekend 2018, Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 2pm. Visitors can watch sap gathering and boiling, as well as enjoying pancakes and a full line of maple products.
High Hopes Sugarhouse
1132 Huntington Road (Rte. 112) Worthington 01098 – website
High Hopes Sugarhouse will offer tours, demos, samples, maple products, and more on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the maple sugaring season. They’re also participating in Maple Weekend – 7am to 2pm.
The Red Bucket Sugar Shack
584 Kinne Brook Road Worthington 01098 – website
The Red Bucket Sugar Shack offers maple products year ’round and a pancake restaurant weekends during maple sugaring season.
Steve’s Sugar Shack
34 North Road Westhampton 01027 – website
Visit Steve’s Sugar Shack 7am to 1pm on Maple Weekend 2018 for breakfast and to watch Steve boil and explain the process. A special opportunity on Sunday, 10am to 11am, for an outdoor demonstration of gathering sap with a team of oxen.
Maple Corner Farm
794 Beech Hill Road Granville 01034 – website
Tour the sugarhouse, learn the sugaring process, and enjoy samples of fresh Berkshires maple syrup and other maple products. Breakfast available from 8am to 2pm.
Berkshires Maple Syrup Harvest 2018
Maple Weekend 2018 – March 17th and 18th
Learn more about Maple Weekend 2018 at the Massachusetts Maple Producers website. The site includes an excellent maple-maker map and restaurant list to help you find those participating in Maple Weekend 2018.
Berkshires Spring Lodging
Applegate Inn would love to be your home base no matter what brings you to the Berkshires. Our gilded-age inn sits on six park-like acres in beautiful Lee, MA. We have 11 plush guest rooms suites to choose from and a long list of amenities that will have you feeling like pampered royalty. So go ahead: book your room now for a front row seat to spring in the Berkshires at Applegate Inn!