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Tap into spring with maple open houses this weekend

This weekend, March 23 and 24, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers' Association (VMSMA) invite the public to take part in the 12th annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend. This weekend event, when Vermont's sugar maker's throw open the doors of their sugarhouses, gives visitors an opportunity to see how maple syrup is made and experience a day in the life of the sugar maker.

"Visitors can often see the entire process, from tapping the tree to pouring finished syrup in a bottle," said Matt Gordon, VMSMA Executive Director, "and connecting all those points in between that takes sap and makes it become maple syrup, really resonates with folks." Each sugarhouse brings something unique to the event, with some offering full tours of their operations, sampling of different grades of maple syrup and other maple products, hikes through the sugarbush, and more. And of course, each sugar maker brings their own personality and backgrounds, truly making each visit a unique experience. 

Vermont is the nation's largest producer of maple syrup, tapping over 3 million trees in each of the past three years. Production has averaged over 900,000 gallons of maple syrup over the past three years. 

Maple Open House Weekend is held rain, snow or shine and is free of charge for all visitors and is a great opportunity to learn about the history and the science behind maple syrup. For more information on sugarhouses near you, please visit the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers' Association events page at www.vermontmaple.org.

Sugarhouses in Rutland and Windor Counties include:
RUTLAND
KandS Ruane Maple Sugar Farm
128 Mountain View Road, Tinmouth, Vt.
Phone: 802-446-3105
Open house weekend: Weather permitting we will be boiling and selling product. We have a pancake breakfast available. Open Saturday and Sunday.

Baird Farm
65 West Road, Chittenden, Vt.
Phone: 802-483-2963
Products: maple syrup, maple cream, maple candy, gifts. Services: retail, maple by mail, open all year

Bushee Family Maple Farm
232 Quarry Hill Rd, Danby, Vt.
Phone: 802-293-5037
Products: maple syrup, maple cream, maple candy, maple sugar. Services: retail, bulk, wholesale

Sugar and Spice Restaurant and Gift Shop
Sugarhouse Address: 43 Rt 4, East Mendon, Vt.
Phone: 802-773-7832
Open house weekend: Boil with wood, use buckets, samples available, products for sale. Open Saturday and Sunday.

Smith Maple Crest Farm LLC
Sugarhouse Address: 2450 Lincoln Hill Rd, Shrewsbury, Vt.
Phone: 802-492-2151
Open house weekend: Sample award winning syrup; sugar-on-snow and refreshments. Retrace Robert Frost's footsteps while enjoying our wonderful mountain view. Sat 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Sun 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday.

Ferne Hollow Farm
4277 Whipple Hollow Rd, Florence, Vt.
Phone: 802-438-0063
Open House Weekend: Old fashioned style wood-fired evaporator, buckets and gravity pipeline, syrup samples, maple syrup, cream, candies and baked goods available for sale. Open: Sat. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Cross Road Sugar Co
867 Cross Road, Ira, Vt.
Phone: 802-235-2747
Products: maple syrup. Services: retail, maple by mail, open all year.

Papa John's Sugar Shack
Sugarhouse Address: 221 Healdville Rd, Mt Holly, Vt.
Phone: 802-259-7800
Open house weekend: We will be boiling if weather permits. We will be having samples of some of our maple products such as syrup, maple cotton candy and we will have products for sale. Open: Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Green's Sugarhouse
1846 Finel Hollow Road, Poultney, Vt.
Phone: 802-287-5745
Open house weekend: Guided tours, nature trail. See the entire process from trees to container. Tubing, buckets, 5'x14' stainless steel wood fired evaporator. Free samples, maple cotton candy, maple sugar-on-snow. Maple products for sale. Open: Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wood Family Sugarhouse
552 Thrall Rd, Poultney, Vt.
Phone: 802-287-9249
Open house weekend: Small sugarhouse using all modern techniques. Will be giving boiling demos. Explaning from tap to table. Coffee, donuts, other goodies available. Open Saturday and Sunday.

Mountain Valley Maple Farm
Sugarhouse Address: 1498 St Hwy 153, West Rupert, Vt.
Phone: 802-394-2928
Open House Weekend: See syrup being made, free samples, sugarhouse tours, syrup and candy for sale, free coffee, donuts and waffle sticks. Open: Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

New England Maple Museum
4578 Rt 7, Pittsford, Vt.
Phone: 802-483-9414
Open house weekend: History of maple sugaring. A great place to start or end your tour of local sugarhouses, discount admission. 25% off many gift items, excluding food and books. Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Krueger-Norton Sugarhouse
780 Button Hill Rd, Shrewsbury, Vt.
Phone: 802-492-3653
Products: maple syrup, maple candy. Services: retail, maple by mail, open all year.

WINDSOR
Mitch's Maple
2440 Green Mtn Turnpike, Chester, Vt.
Phone: 802-228-5242
Open house weekend: Sugarhouse tours, learn tapping to finish product, product sampling, good parking, easy accessibility. Boiling weather permitting. Open: Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Edmunds Maple Hill Farm
Sugarhouse Address: 1141 Mt Hunger Rd, Barnard, Vt.
Phone: 802-234-9401
Open house weekend: Wood fired evaporator. Tour of sugarhouse. Sample and explore the use of maple products in all aspects of cooking from breakfast through dinner and desserts. Maple products for sale.

Maple Knoll Farm
1678 Connecticut River Rd, Springfield, Vt.
Phone: 802-885-1688
Open house weekend: Sugarhouse tours and demonstrations, samples. All maple products for sale. See "an ole" Vermonter with his craft. Open Saturday and Sunday.

Double Diamond Sugar House
Sugarhouse Address: 1193 Ski Tow Rd, Brownsville, Vt.
Phone: 508-479-4950
Open house weekend: Double Diamond Open House Weekend features sugarhouse tours, sugar on snow, cider donuts, pickles, t-shirts for sale, contests, music and more! Open Saturday and Sunday.

Lockerby's Sugar House
666 Old Stage Rd, Chester, Vt.
Phone: 802-875-2430
Open house weekend: Tubing, Wood-fired with RO, taste samples, syrup for sale, coffee, soft drinks and doughnuts. Open: Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Green Mountain Sugar House
820 Rte 100 N,  Ludlow, Vt.
Phone: 802-228-7151
Open house weekend: On open house weekend we will be serving sugar on cremes, donuts, and coffee all for free. Open: Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Westwood Sugaring
Sugarhouse Address: 1481 Wildlife Rd, West Hartford, Vt.
Phone: 802-356-1074
Open house weekend: Come see how maple syrup is made with some of the more modern equipment with tubing, vacuum systems and a reverse osmosis machine and a wood-fired evaporator. Free samples and tours. We will be boiling in the afternoons, weather permitting. Open: Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Richardson Family Farm
18 Richardson Rd, Woodstock, Vt.
Phone: 802-457-1225
Products: maple syrup. Services: retail, bulk, wholesale, maple by mail, open all year.

Peplau's Happy Acres Farm
826 Twenty Mile Stream Rd, South Reading, Vt.
Phone: 802-484-7806
Products: maple syrup, maple cream. Services: retail, maple by mail, open all year.

Newhall Farm
Sugarhouse Address: So Reading, Vt.
Phone: 802-342-1513
Open house weekend: We make maple syrup the old-fashioned way - using free-run sap that is wood -fired and wool-filtered. Our legacy of Vermont products include ice cider, grass fed beef, Berkshire pork, and pastured lamb. Open Saturday and Sunday.

Top Acres Farm
Sugarhouse Address: 1390 Fletcher Schoolhouse Rd, So Woodstock, Vt.
Open House Weekend: Join us at Top Acres to see our new but traditional sugarhouse. Featuring tours of our operaton, free donuts, syrup samples and an antique maple equipment display. Open Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Wood's Cider Mill and Sugar House
1482 Weathersfield Ctr Rd, Springfield, Vt.
Phone: 802-263-5547
Open house weekend: Visit a family farm where we've been making maple syrup since 1798. Lots of history and sheep and lambs too! Samples and maple treats, maple syrup - all grades. Open Saturday and Sunday.

Elm Grove Farm
3488 Cloudland Rd, Woodstock, Vt.
Phone: 802-457-3888
Open house weekend: Gathering sap from buckets. Syrup samples and Mom's homemade doughnuts! Boiling with wood in open pans. Open: Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Luce Family Maple Farm
591 Sugarbush Farm Rd, Woodstock, Vt.
Phone: 802 457 1757
Open house weekend: Samples of maple products, Vermont jams and mustards, and 15 varieties of cheese. Walk in the maple woods to learn about sap collection and watch how the sap is boiled into syrup. Open: Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Orchard Hill Farm
56 Orchard Hill  Way, So Woodstock, Vt.
Phone: 802-457-1543
Products: maple syrup, maple cream, maple candy. Services: retail, bulk, wholesale, maple by mail.

Eb Kinney Jr and Son
3539 Rte 44, Brownsville, Vt.
Phone: 802-484-7847
Products: maple syrup, maple cream, maple sugar. Services: retail, bulk, wholesale, maple by mail, open all year.

Mom and Pop's Vermont Maple Syrup
3425 Brandon Mtn Rd, Rochester, Vt.
Phone: 802-767-3731
Open house weekend: Samples of maple syrup, donuts and sometimes sugar-on-snow. We boil with oil instead of wood. Open Saturday and Sunday.