Now is the busiest time of year for Maine’s Maple Trees. With one of the mildest winter in years, Maine has something sweet to offer, as the maple sugaring season got underway about 3 weeks ago.. This year the SAP has already started and is flowing abundantly because of the warm days and cool nights. Local Maple Sugaring Shacks are gearing up for Maine Maple Sunday which is always the fourth Sunday in March some Sugar Houses are also open on both Saturday March 26th and March 27th because Sunday is Easter Sunday.
The trees are tapped, and in a good year, one large forty year old Maple
Trees may produce as much as 60 gallons of sap. It takes about 40 quarts of the sap to get one quart of the golden maple syrup that you find beside your pancakes, ice cream or in maple candies. Maine is the 3rd largest producer of Maple Syrup.
At many of these farms near the Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach Maine you can go into the sugaring shack and watch the sap evaporate, and learn about how it goes from what looks like nothing more than water, to one of the sweetest things made in Maine. Sometimes the syrup is pale gold and delicate, sometimes dark and rich. It all depends on the soil and terrain, the wind and the weather, just like fine wine.
For a full list of participating farms visit Maine Maple Producers or see our map below of nearby Maine Maple Sugaring Shacks below come see us and we can give you a list with directions to some of the Local Nearby Sugaring Shacks within driving distance of The Atlantic Birches Inn.
Your Innkeepers Ray and Heidi Deleo