March is the perfect time to explore maple sugaring in Massachusetts. Once you appreciate the distinctive natural flavor of real Massachusetts maple syrup, you’ll find it hard to settle for anything else. Massachusetts maple syrup is a natural native sweetener and a versatile ingredient that adds unique flavor enhancing qualities to many dishes.
Visiting Massachusetts local “sugar shacks” is a great agri-tourism activity that the whole family can “savor!” Many sugarhouses in central and Western Massachusetts serve a delicious pancake breakfast, sell maple products including maple syrup and maple candy, and offer sugarhouse open houses and tours.
Although 2010 was a difficult year for the maple industry, there are expectations for a great maple harvest this spring! Sugarmakers in Massachusetts are looking forward to the season!
More than 300 Massachusetts maple producers - most located west of Worcester – annually produce about 50,000 – 60,000 gallons of maple syrup, which is available and served at maple farms and area restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts, country inns, and other attractions in farm communities.
Plan your visit today! Go to the MassGrown & Fresher Agri-Google map for a listing of sugarhouses, restaurants, or visit the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association website for recipes and to learn more about how maple syrup is made!