Maple Syrup Farms

Dec 30th, 2003, 08:27 AM
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Maple Syrup Farms

We will be going to New England next year and notice that there are several farms where you can see how they make maple syrup.

Any input on which one is the best?
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Dec 30th, 2003, 09:33 AM
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Maple Syrup farms are called sugarbushes, and the place where it's made is called a sugarhouse. Unless you are here during sugaring season (usually mid March thru mid April), you probably won't see much. Nearly every back road in Vermont and New Hampshire will have a sugarhouse steaming away in sugarin' season. Here are a few in the central NH/Vt area: Bascom's - Acworth NH, Sugarbush Farm - Pomfret Vt, Sunday Mountain - Orford NH, Taylor Bros - Meriden NH, Eatons - Royalton Vt.
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Dec 30th, 2003, 12:35 PM
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It will depend on when you are there and the weather as to whether the sap will be rising, of course.
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Dec 30th, 2003, 12:42 PM
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Regardless of the season, if you are in the area (northern NH) I'd recommend Polly's Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill(it's a family restaurant originally started to help sell maple syrup).
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Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:34 PM
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Sugaring is what they call it in VT. During mud season. Good sugar houses in southern Vermont are Dave Hagelberts sugar house, you can also visit The Sugar Shack in Arlington, Vt. UVM has a maple syrup and maple sugar fest sometime in the spring months. Northern Vermont Ducharme's in Derby Line have a sugar shack and Pauls Sugar House in Derby Line, VT. As the other folks said you can just stop on in most sugar houses and in VT you can have a sample of fresh maple syrup. In Saint Johnsbury don't miss Maple Groves Factory tour and sugar samples. Vermont Country store in Westen VT has lots of samples and sugar candies for you to enjoy!

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Aug 1st, 2004, 09:30 AM
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Well of course they don't actually make the syrup in the summer, but we did go to the Bragg Maple Syrup Farm just outside Montpelier. They are very friendly and showed us around. It is a very small operation - they are the last farm to use wood fires to boil the syrup down.

I really enjoyed being able to sample the different grades of syrup. The creamies (maple flavored soft serve ice cream) were great.

It doesn't take long to visit and is well worth the time
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