We’re Boiling at Holiday Farm!

10 03 2007

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The season is off to a late start this year, but we’ve got all the trees tapped and the weather seems to finally be cooperating.  It has been a cold couple of weeks up in the sugar bush on the mountain, with most of the crew needing to wear snowshoes in order to stay on top of the snow. Especially M. who, at four years old, would have sunk in past his waist in most spots. He was a real trooper, he drank a lot of hot chocolate, helped to pound in taps with his own hammer and he followed the lines to the next tree. His little sister slept through most of her time in the woods, snug and warm in her down snowsuit on her Momma’s back.msnowshoes1a.jpg

 While the sugar bush is outfitted with the more modern plastic line system and a reverse osmosis concentration unit, the maple trees around the farm will still be tapped with the traditional metal buckets which will need to be collected twice per day.  

 You can help! Visitors are  welcome to Holiday Farm. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to fill you in on our collection & boiling schedule for the day. Individuals and families are welcome on a drop-in basis to partake in any aspect of the sugaring process that is currently happening. We charge a nominal fee for field trips, community groups, etc (usually on a per child basis w/ chaperones free).

For these group experiences, we offer an overview of the process, a tractor driven hayride to collect sap and a hands-on demonstration. Remember that sugaring is weather dependent and also to dress appropriately for the weather.  

 If you would like to schedule a group maple sugaring experience for a classroom, please call the office at 413-684-0444 and speak to Desirée.  

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