March Marks Maple Fever for Central Mass

Posted: February 20, 2019

Maple sugar is to springtime what pumpkin spice is to autumn. It takes nearly 50 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of syrup, which leads us to believe that only spring fever could inspire such a labor of love. Maple sugaring season has finally arrived and we have all the details you need to make sure you take full advantage. Check out the full intinerary and customize your trip on our free travel planning widget and app.

Visit a Local Sugar Shack

Pure BS Maple in Auburn has been churning out syrup since 2007. Bruce Hopper hand taps Sugar Maple, Norwegian Maple, and Red Maple trees every year and set to work boiling sap. Neighbors have come to recognize the sound of a dinner bell to signify when a new batch is ready. You can find Pure BS Maple for sale at Crystal Caves, Coco’s Tropical Ice, Weepin’ Willies, BirchTree Bread Co., The Wine Vine, and Garden Fresh Courthouse Cafe.

You can also tour the Pure BS sugar shack on March 16-17 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. as you learn the sweet science of maple sugaring through a fun, interactive experience with “sapmasters” Bruce and Sully.  “We'll give you the business end of backyard sugaring. Free tours. Free samples of various grades of maple syrup, maple cream and maple sugar,” Hopper said, “Carry buckets full of sap to the shack for Free. Kids of all ages welcome. Questions and good humor are encouraged.” Nearby Crystal Caves in Auburn will be touting their maple walnut ice cream in honor of Maple Weekend, utilizing the maple trees tapped at Pure BS.

Make Your Way through the Canal District on Maple Weekend

BirchTree’s vision is to incorporate as many local purveyors as possible on their menu, so it’s no surprise that they feature Pure BS Maple in their signature maple latte. Made with local maple syrup from Auburn, this latte is the perfect accompaniment for a springtime stroll around the Canal District.

BirchTree will also offer special maple treats on the weekend of March 16-17. Just down the street, Glazy Susan will be popping up at Stillman's Meats where they’ll feature an exclusive batch of maple bacon donuts. When night falls, the Ballot Box will roll out its maple cocktail list in Kelley Square to round out a memorable maple day in the Canal District.

Wear Your Maple Proudly

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Worcester Wares has also signed on for Maple Weekend; stop by to score some maple swag on March 16-17. There’s no better way to show your Central Mass. pride than by sporting a homegrown design. The sweeter, the better.

Watch the Traditional Maple Sugaring Process Up Close

Every weekend in March at Old Sturbridge Village will bring signs of rising sap and aromas of woodfire. Visitors can watch the process of 19th century maple sugaring from tapping to “sugaring off” at their annual Maple Days event. Watch costumed historians at work by the hearth while the maple days last. Sap stops flowing once temperatures cease fluctuation below freezing at night and above freezing during the day. 

Enjoy Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup on Your Pancakes

Wormtown Brewery introduced its own maple provision with the release of bourbon barrel aged maple syrup for sale in the taproom. The syrup is produced by Ewen’s Sleepy Hollow Sugar House in Lunenburg. While visiting Wormtown, keep an eye out for a limited release of a favorite stout, Spies Like Us, also aged in bourbon barrels.

Put Maple on Your Chicken

The Maple Jack Chicken at Salem Cross Inn makes for a delightfully unique combination. The dish is served with monterey jack, local maple syrup, applewood smoked bacon, and sundried tomatoes, a playful departure from an otherwise traditional menu.

Drink Wine with Your Maple

Every Saturday in March, Hardwick Vineyard and Winery will be hosting their Maple Barn Breakfast by reservation. Seatings take place at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. The festivities include live music, local vendors, hay rides, and face painting. Brunch features a variety of special maple wine drinks.

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