It’s that time again, the magical season for maple sugaring that runs from the beginning of February until the end of March in New England. Since maple syrup is produced only in northeastern North America, this is a great opportunity to experience the uniqueness of winter farming. Events at farms and land trusts from Greenwich to Redding aim to educate, so choose the level of involvement that’s right for you.
Fall has arrived and the change in seasons has us thinking of apple picking and pie baking, warm drinks, and outdoor activities that don’t involve sand and bathing suits. Our coastal community is rich with opportunities to take in the beauty of the great outdoors this time of year while enjoying local farms and food, with many more only a day trip away.
Now is the time to plan an outing to a local sugar house to learn about the ancient art of making syrup from the sap of maple trees. Since maple syrup is produced only in northeastern North America, I consider it to be one of the most special agricultural products made in Connecticut. If you’ve never seen sap collected from sugar maples and cooked down until it’s syrup, make it your mission to attend one of the events below