There is plenty of maple-themed fun (and food) to savor throughout the month of March, like watching the process of turning sap into syrup, or enjoying an authentic sugar house breakfast. Here are eight of the sweetest ways to celebrate Maple Month.
1. Maple Days
Saturday & Sunday, March 2-24, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
Costumed historians demonstrate the maple sugaring process of the early 19th-century at a working sugar camp, show how maple sugaring has changed over the years, and more. See the entire maple sugar-making process, from tapping trees to “sugaring off,” and learn how maple sugar was used in early New England. Period foods made with maple products will be cooked by the hearth at the village’s farmhouse.
Cost: (included in OSV admission) Adults $28, kids $14, children under 4 free
March 3, 1-2 p.m.
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon
Celebrate the season with an iconic maple sugaring tradition: sugar-on-snow! This sweet treat of hot syrup quickly cooled over snow (or ice if snow is lacking) is a true sign of the season. The intense sweetness is countered/enhanced by a bite of pickle and plain donut...really, we aren’t kidding! Keep an open mind and give it a try while learning a bit about the process of sugaring during this special program. Moose Hill also hosts Maple Sugaring Weekends for a sap to syrup journey March 17, 23 & 24.
Cost: Mass Audubon members $10, non-members $15
3. Maple Day
March 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
South Shore Natural Science Center, Norwell
Explore maple history, culture and production as you help tap the trees for sap and then watch how it is boiled into syrup. The day will include scheduled woodland walks for tree tapping, historical interpreters, sweet treats, fun crafts and lots of hands-on activities.
Cost: Members $5, non-members $8, children under 3 free
4. Sap-to-Syrup Farmer’s Breakfast
March 9 & 10, 8:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln
Explore the farm and see how sap is collected from its majestic maple trees. Learn about Native American sap-to-syrup techniques and the history of this sticky New England favorite. Finish the morning off with a breakfast of hearty pancakes with real maple syrup and Drumlin’s own roasted potatoes and sausage. Most seatings are at half-hour intervals, starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required for this sell-out event. Register online at massaudubon.org or call 781-259-2200.
Cost: Mass Audubon members $15, non-members $17, children under 2 free
5. Maple Harvest Day
March 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Storrowtown Village Museum, West Springfield
Celebrate all things maple at this free event highlighting the history and tradition of maple sugaring in New England. The historic Gilbert Farmhouse will turn into a sugar house for the day. Visitors can learn how the “liquid gold” is made, from tree tapping to sap boiling, and watch 19th century open hearth cooking demonstrations of maple recipes. Pancakes served with pure maple syrup will be available in the Village’s red Greenwich Barn from 10 a.m. to noon. Pick up a plate for $5 per person, with a side choice of sausages, coffee and juice.
6. Sugaring Off
March 23, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Land’s Sake Farm, Weston
Tour the Sugar House, watch maple sugaring demonstrations, and enjoy a maple-y breakfast, all led by students in the farm’s Maple Education programs. The non-profit public farm puts this event on annually at the Bill McElwain Sugar House at Weston Middle School, 456 Wellesley St., Weston.
7. Spring Flapjack Fling
March 23, 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
Enjoy the fruit (or sap) of the labor of sugaring season at a pancake breakfast featuring syrup from the sanctuary’s maple trees. After breakfast take an hour-long sugaring tour to see and learn about the transformation from sap to syrup. Advance registration is required. Register at massaudubon.org or call 978-887-9264.
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary also hosts naturalist-guided tours Saturdays & Sundays, March 2-17. Watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product. Afterwards, warm up by the woodstove in the barn with hot dogs cooked in maple sap (aka sap dogs).
Cost: Adults $17, children $14, babies on laps free. Sugaring tour only: Adults $10, kids $8, children under 3 free
8. Maple Sugar Days Festival
March 23 & 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brookwood Farm, Canton
Join in this decades-long tradition of sugaring at the Blue Hills Reservation, hosted by Massachusetts DCR. Handle various sugar-making tools on a walk down “Maple Lane,” where you’ll see first-hand how sap is drawn from trees. Watch bubbling sap cooking into syrup in the sugar house, and get a taste of real maple! A food truck, artisan demonstrations and a toasty bonfire round out this family-friendly event. More information is at massaudubon.org.
Cost: Adults $10, kids $5, children under 2 are free.