Maple Sugaring in Fairfield County Last Updated: November 2023

Nothing else has the distinctive flavor and sweetness of maple syrup, cultivated by Native Americans in Connecticut as far back as the 1600s as the New World’s first natural sweetener. Maple lovers eagerly await this annual rite of spring, when the still-freezing nights and warmer, sunny days at winter’s end create the ideal conditions for robust maple syrup yields. So, if you want to enjoy the fruits of this year’s labors of sugary love and bring home some authentic, Connecticut-made syrup, candy, cookies or fudge (and are looking for some great family fun), visit a maple syrup producer in Fairfield County and learn firsthand how everybody’s favorite pancake topping is made!

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March 18 & 19 is Maple Weekend in Connecticut!

Visit local sugarhouses and taste the sweetness of locally made products during the annual two-day celebration of all things maple. Many sugarhouses across the state will be open for tours and demonstrations in addition to selling their wonderful products. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the age old process of collecting maple sap and turning it into delicious syrup, candy, fudge, confections and more!

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford

One of only two official maple sugar producers in Fairfield County, The Stamford Museum & Nature Center makes their own maple syrup from the more than 200 mature maple trees right on their 118-acre campus. Visit the Sugar House & Cidery and taste their seasonal maple syrup and sugary treats. This year’s Maple Sugar Fest Sundays are March 5 & 12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring new attractions, enhanced programming and seasonal offerings including free giveaways and traditional favorites like Colonial and Native American demonstrations.

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Ambler Farm, Wilton

Ambler Farm in Wilton taps their own trees, collects maple sap in buckets, and through boiling in their Sugar Shack, makes their signature Ambler Farm Dark Maple Syrup. Stop by and pick up a bottle. Better yet, pick up two. This year’s popular Tap-a-Tree Program will take place on Saturday, March 4, where you can be part of the entire hands-on process and enjoy fresh maple syrup over vanilla ice cream!

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New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan

Bring the whole family for the annual Syrup Season Celebration at The New Canaan Nature Center on Saturday, March 11, from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. You won’t want to miss their famously delicious Pancakes & PJs Party, complete with tons of fun syrup-related activities! They’ll be serving up flapjacks, syrup, and an array of tasty toppings. The day will also include tree tapping demos, a real maple sap “boil down,” sweet maple-inspired crafts, campfire with marshmallows, and a real versus fake syrup taste test; and in fine syruping tradition, they’ll also have bottles of NCNC Maple Syrup for sale. All are welcome and encouraged to dress in their PJs! Pre-registration is required by March 9 at 12 p.m.