Did you know that this is the busiest time of year for Maine’s Maple Trees? Even with worst of winter in ten years, Maine has something sweet to offer, as the maple sugaring season got underway this past weekend. This year the SAP has started late and and is flowing slowly but should be flowing abundantly within the next few weeks. The trees are tapped, and in a good year, one large forty year old Maple Tree 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. Visit Maine’s maple producers this spring as they celebrate Maine Maple Sugaring Weekend Saturday and Sunday March 21 – 22 the day the sugar makers around the State open the doors of their sugarhouses for the public to join them in their rites of spring – Making Maple Syrup.
At many of these farms near the Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach Maine you can go into the sugaring shack, 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. But don’t worry, if you can’t make it for Maple Sugar this weekend at one of these farms, you can always visit them the rest of the month of March and early April.
For a full list of participating farms visit Maine Maple Producers or see our map below of nearby Maine Maplc Sugaring Shacks below come see us and we can give you a list with directions to some of the Local Nearby Sugaring Shacks . Your Innkeepers Ray and Heidi Deleo