Hiking through the maple woods, watching the steam billow from the sugarhouse, chatting with the farmers about expectations for this season, munching on their farm-fresh cheeses, visiting with the horses and other farm animals--it was a special welcome to New England's maple sugaring season and a marker of the coming spring.
Before our farm visit, we read a bit about maple sugaring and watched a host of YouTube videos on the topic, learning more about the process and product. (We found this video particularly helpful in showing the process from start to finish.)
This time of year in New England can be messy and unpredictable. Since discovering the many child-friendly maple sugaring resources and events in the area, we have found great enjoyment in this in-between season, celebrating this special harvest with local, hard-working farmers, learning new things, and enjoying the unmatched taste of pure maple syrup.