Experience Vermont Maple Sugaring
Vermonters have been collecting buckets of maple sap in late winter for hundreds of years. In colonial times, they boiled the sap all the way down to sugar and Ben Franklin wanted all colonists to chose maple over cane sugar. Perhaps he was the original locavore. Here’s an opportunity to participate in the activity of sap collection and syrup production that Vermonters still refer to as “sugaring” and enjoy the freshly produced syrup.
This March, you can experience the complete original process of maple sugaring in Vermont: sap collected in buckets, transported by horse drawn cart, then evaporate2in a wood fired “arch” or boiler as part of a Vermont Farm Vacation. You will also experience the modern version of sugaring where a tubing collection system is in place, but all is still boiled into the state’s liquid gold in a cozy sugarhouse.
The Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative is now offering Vermont getaways, providing easy access to authentic farm experiences for visitors. Each weekend in March, participants will experience the journey that maple sap makes from the moment it leaves the tree through it’s transformation into syrup and then incorporated into a delicious dinner.
The Vermont Maple Sugaring weekend includes a maple themed dinner at one of Vermont’s premier restaurants, lunches, tours of two farms producing maple syrup, a maple sugar candy making class, and a visit to a goat farm dairy–it will be kidding time and you are likely to see newborns! Choices of lodging include cozy Bed and Breakfasts and private guesthouses on active farms. Participating Farms include: Turkey Hill Farm, Sweet Retreats Sugarworks and Guesthouse, Fat Toad Farm, Green Mountain Girls Farm, and Brookfield Bees. Dinner will be at Ariel’s Restaurant. For the full itinerary, see the website.
The Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative is a collective of agriculturally related businesses owned by families who are dedicated to locally grown food and sustainable agriculture. We provide visitors with an authentic rural experience, which deepens their appreciation and understanding of a working agricultural community while offering them educational opportunities. Member businesses offer locally produced farm products, farm tours, cooking classes, on-farm workshops, events, farm vacation packages, and farmstays.
Experience small farm living, locally raised food with big flavors, and the seasonal beauty of Central Vermont’s working landscape.
What: Vermont Maple Sugaring Vacation Weekends
When: Each Weekend in March: March 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, & 25-27
Where: Central Vermont: Brookfield, Randolph Center & Northfield Vermont
Cost: Vacation package is $225 per person plus lodging
How: Details at http://www.FloatingBridgeFoodandFarms.com
Reservations@FloatingBridgeFoodandFarms.com or 802–276-0787