Safely Celebrate Maple Sugaring Season in Connecticut Last Updated 3/21
March is Maple Season in Connecticut and that means ample opportunities to safely tour sugarhouses, learn about the origins of the maple syrup-making process, participate in tree tapping demonstrations and sample Connecticut-made sweets—all while supporting Connecticut farmers and businesses. Here are a few ways to make the season sweet.
Visit a sugarhouse near you with the Maple Syrup Producers Association of Connecticut’s 2021 Guide to Connecticut Sugarhouses. There are 29 sugarhouses across all eight Connecticut counties, so it’s easy to plan a socially distant outing. Be sure to contact sugarhouses prior to visiting for hours of operation and any important visitor information. You can also read the COVID-19 guidance for maple sugarhouses here. Below are a few spots to consider.
Shop for Locally Made Maple Products
Shop in person or online at Connecticut sugarhouses for locally made maple syrup, candy, peanuts, cream, kettle corn and fudge. Connecticut maple products can also be found at farmers markets across the state. Here are a few places to find sweet and local treats.
Make a Day or Weekend of It.
Many large, annual festivals and pancake breakfasts have been reimagined as multi-day, mini-festivals and to-go meals to ensure visitor safety. Learn more about each event, read about safety precautions and pre-register with the links below.
Maple Syrup Demonstrations (Feb. 28 & March 6, 7, 13, 14) and Pancake Breakfast To-Go (March 7) at Flanders Nature Center in Woodbury: Staff and volunteers will demonstrate turning sap into syrup with an entertaining mix of science, stories and humor. The Center’s annual breakfast is now a drive-through event.
Maple Syrup Open House at Blue Slope Country Museum in Franklin (March 6, 7): Learn all about maple harvesting and its origins.
Maple Sugaring Sunday and Pancake Breakfast Party at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield (March 7): Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut's traveling sugarhouse will be on site for families to learn about the tradition of maple sugaring. Kids and adults can try their hand at tapping a “tree” before or after indulging in a delicious 'Pancake Party' brunch menu.
Maple Festival at Sweet Wind Farm in East Hartland (March 13): Take a guided tour of the sugarhouse with an educational presentation, shop in the outdoor farm store and much more.
Syrup Saturday: A Pancake & PJs Party at New Canaan Nature Center in New Canaan (March 13): Enjoy flapjacks, syrup and an array of tasty toppings in the Visitor Center, as well as tree tapping demonstrations, a real maple sap “boil down,” campfire with marshmallows, and a real versus fake syrup taste test.
Maple Sugaring Demonstration & Pancake Breakfast at Indian Rock Nature Preserve in Bristol (March 20): Experience an all-outdoor maple sugaring demonstration and take-out hardy, pancake breakfast with pure maple syrup included.
- Maple Weekend in Connecticut by the Maple Syrup Producers Association of Connecticut (March 20, 21): Tour local sugarhouses, taste maple products and bring some home to enjoy. During the two-day event, sugarhouses across the state will be open for tours, demonstrations, samples and product sales. See the list of participating sugarhouses and hours here.