Maple Sugaring in the Litchfield Hills Last Updated: February 2022

Maple syrup was cultivated by Native Americans in Connecticut as far back as the 1600s, becoming the New World’s first natural sweetener. Loyal maple syrup and maple sugar lovers eagerly await this annual rite of spring, when the still-freezing nights and warmer, sunny days towards the end of March 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 are looking for some sweet family fun), plan a visit to maple sugar makers in the Litchfield Hills and learn firsthand how everybody’s favorite pancake topping is made!

Be sure to check with each location before venturing out, as hours may change.

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Maple Weekend in Connecticut!

March 19-20 is Maple Weekend in Connecticut. Visit local sugarhouses and taste locally-made products during the two-day celebration of all things maple. Many sugarhouses across the state will be open for tours and will be selling their products. It’s a great opportunity to learn how maple sap is collected and turned into delicious syrup, candy, fudge, confections, and more!

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Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Bristol

Don’t miss the annual Maple Sugaring Demonstration & Pancake Breakfast at Indian Rock Nature Preserve in Bristol on Saturday, March 12. (This year’s festivities are take-out only). Pre-registration is required. Bottles of homemade maple syrup and maple sugar candies will be available for sale during the Maple Sugaring Demonstration.

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Lamothe’s Sugar House, Burlington

Family-owned Lamothe’s Sugar House in Burlington is Connecticut’s largest maple sugar house, with an incredible 6,000 taps and 26 miles of tubing to collect the sap. Learn how maple syrup is made and then pick some up from their country store that also sells maple sugar, jams, honey, and more.

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Sweet Wind Farm, East Hartland

“Let the Good Times Boil” at Sweet Wind Farm in East Hartland, as they tap trees and collect sap in time to celebrate the gift of maple during their 16th Annual Maple Festival on Saturday, March 12. Pancakes and maple syrup, sausage, maple baked beans, coffee, and more will be served outside in a take-out fashion; and dependent on the weather, there will be distanced seating available outside as well.

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Brookside Farm II, Litchfield

Brookside Farm II in Litchfield is a relatively small but very high-quality maple syrup operation. Each year, the farm produces about 250 gallons of maple syrup, with a production process that yields 100% pure and basically 100% organic maple syrup. Visitors are welcome (just call ahead). The owners enjoy teaching folks of all ages how maple syrup is made and the differences in the four grades of syrup. A tour includes a tasting and recipe suggestions.

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Flanders Nature Center, Woodbury

Nestled in the woods, just 100 yards from the entrance to the Fleming Preserve at the Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust in Woodbury stands The Old Sap House, where the Flanders maple syrup tradition began. As the demands on the Sap House grew and the aging equipment sagged under the weight of time and use, a new Sugar House was built on the Van Vleck Farm and Nature Sanctuary and this is where all current maple syrup making takes place. From the end of February through mid-March, visitors are invited to part take in their Maple Sugar Demonstrations.

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Woodbury Sugar Shed, Woodbury

“Making the world a sweeter place, one drip at a time,” the Woodbury Sugar Shed started up in 1982 as a backyard maple syrup-making hobby. Since then, they have grown to produce hundreds of gallons of fine quality maple syrup every year, in addition to many other NON-GMO agricultural products cultivated using old fashioned values and cutting-edge technology, providing a new farm experience like no other. Let their young farming family provide your family with the very same products they grow and serve in their own homes.