Connecticut pure maple syrup is yummy! Although Connecticut is the third smallest state in the nation they are one of the nations leaders in producing 100% Pure Maple Syrup. (move over Vermont!) Maple sap comes from what is referred to as the Sugarbush and the sap is cooked in what is called the Sugarhouse. It takes approximately forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. Find out more facts and get involved with local sugar makers by contacting the local maple syrup association at http://www.ctmaple.org.
Maple sugaring can be a fun family activity and offered free at many “sugar houses” and CT farms. Delight in the New England tradition of making maple syrup, discover how to identify sugar maples, use an old fashioned drill to tap them, insert the spiles, hang the buckets, and watch the sap drip into metal pails. Sample sugar on snow, maple sugar candy and other maple products.
Watch Maple Syrup Being Made:
Saturday, 2/24 head to the annual Maple Sugaring and Pancake Breakfast at the Environmental Learning Centers in Bristol.
First there’s Lamothe’s Sugar House in Burlington open Saturdays & Sundays until March 30th from 1 to 4:30 p.m, rain or shine. Sample products!
Or visit The Great Brook Sugar House in New Milford run by the Youth Agency and its teen volunteers. Just look for the steam floating up from the sugar house and stop in and watch it operating during February and March.
The annual festivals begin: March 3 and 4 at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center with a Teen Chef challenge and pancake breakfast using maple syrup from the Museum trees; and Plymouth Maple Festival hosted on its Green Saturday, 3/3 beginning with tapping lessons @ 10 a.m., samples, and a historical scavenger hunt for kids; Sugar House Tour in Franklin! Ansonia Nature Center begins Saturday with a breakfast, too, then enjoy crafts, live animals, tree-tapping demos, and more. All proceeds benefit critter care. 3/4 visit the Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington for Maple Day in colonial times when you can tap, boil, and bake cookies over the open hearth. Plus learn about snowy owls! Outside CT: take a day trip up north just a ways crossing over the Mass line to Old Sturbridge Village for their Maple Days the whole month of March.
3/10 The Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington hosts an annual breakfast and sap demonstration with explanation of its importance to Native Americans along with kids activities. Annual Maple Sugaring and Pancake Breakfast at Hungerford Park with the New Britain Youth Museum as well as smaller maple events in New Canaan, Wilton, Redding, and Franklin.
3/17 & 18 is the annual festival in Hebron – the only community-wide one in CT where you can visit several producers in the area The goal for this event is to bring families together and provide noncommercial, inexpensive – it’s FREE! -enjoyment during a quiet time of year.
When you’re had enough sugar find local active happenings and fun things to do with kids in CT every day of the year. And read some of our destination idea posts like ice skating!