Maple Syrup Time: Eight Featured Sugar Shacks in Western MA
Maple Syrup Season
The moment that we have been waiting for all winter is here: Maple Syrup Time! The ground is thawing, and the sap is running… maple sugaring is everywhere, giving great reason to get out with your family to learn about the maple sugaring process while enjoying the first harvest of the year!
Below, I have listed several sugar shacks where there is a restaurant, and the sap run is a sweet and joyful event. However, do not disregard the people around the corner or the trees in your own back yard! A directory of sugar shacks in Massachusetts is available at www.massmaple.org. Check to see if there is someone making syrup in your neighborhood that you do not know. Call ahead to see if they are boiling and if you bring your kids to come to watch the process.
Sugar Shacks with Breakfast
If you want a list with highlights, this is the list for you:
- Williams Farm Sugarhouse in Deerfield
- North Hadley Sugar Shack
- High Hopes Farm Sugar House in Worthington
- Red Bucket Sugar Shack in Worthington
- Gould’s Maple Sugarhouse in Shelburne
- Hanging Mountain Farms & The Strawbale Cafe in Westhampton
- Davenport Maple Farm Restaurant in Shelburne
- Steve’s Sugar Shack in Westhampton
For a quick, complete, and unannotated list, with hours, dates and directions, check out the Mass Maple Sugar House with Restaurant directory. And while there is a definite joy in celebrating the harvest with comrades and pancakes, have you considered tapping a tree or two yourself? Here is a quick guide from the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association to get you started: Make Your Own Maple Syrup.