Taste maple at sugarhouses around Vermont next weekend

VERMONT — It’s time for another Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association open house weekend, this year scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24 at sugarhouses across the state. 
Vermont leads the nation by a commanding margin as the top maple producing state. Total U.S. maple syrup production in 2018 was 4.1 million gallons, with Vermont’s contribution accounting for more than 1.9 million of those gallons. Maple Open House Weekend is a chance for Vermont sugarmakers to do their victory dance while opening the doors of their sugarhouses for visitors traveling from near and far wanting to see, taste, and experience Vermont maple syrup. 
Organizers expect a larger crowd that than the estimated 40,000 visitors last year. Twenty-two new sugarworks have joined this year’s event. In addition to sugarhouse experiences, local Vermont businesses who specialize in their own craft and support Vermont’s maple industry by including maple in their ingredients, on their menus, and offered for sale at their locations are also included on the tour map. 
Open houses in Addison County include the following:
Boyer’s Orchard, 1823 Monkton Rd., Monkton. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bread Loaf View Farm, 564 Cider Mill Rd., Cornwall. Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dakin Farm, 5797 Route 7, Ferrisburgh. Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hillsboro Sugarworks, Mountainside Ln., Starksboro. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Irish Hill Maple Products, 999 Swinton Rd., Bridport. Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Little Hogback Farm, 2365 Lower Notch Rd., Bristol. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Red Rock Valley Maple Farm, 160 Sugarhouse Ln., Starksboro. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Solar Sweet Maple Farm, 3841 South Lincoln Rd., Lincoln. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Gateway Farm, 506 North 116 Rd., Bristol. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4.p.m.
Twin Maple Sugarworks, 88 W. River Rd., Lincoln. Saturday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Vermont Trade Winds Farm, 1639 Route 74 East, Shoreham. Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Village Mapleworks, 505 Main St., Orwell. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Some traditional Open House activities include sampling syrup; pancake breakfasts; horse-drawn sleigh rides; sugar-on-snow parties; and plenty of maple products to taste including maple donuts, maple cotton candy and maple creemees. In addition to the open houses at sugaring operations, the Middlebury Inn and Shacksbury Cider will offer maple-themed food and drinks. 
For more information about the weekend and to view the map and list of participating sugarhouses and partnering businesses visit vermontmaple.org/mohw.

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