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Maine Maple Sunday on the way

MAINE The groundhog not only got this one right, he got it right in the best possible way. After a relatively mild winter, Maine is shifting gears from snow to spring, and one of the sweetest signs of the season is Maple Syrup Sunday. This year it falls on March 27, which is also Easter another holiday that invites us to enjoy the sweeter things in life.

'Maine Maple Sunday is a great family event that allows producers to connect with customers and people interested in maple syrup and learning about it,' said Samantha Howard, the agriculture promotions coordinator for the Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry. 'A lot of producers, each year, do something different and special. Some are holding Easter egg hunts or a pancake breakfast. There are samples and goodies that people can buy.'

Reducing the sap of maple trees into syrup has been taking place before European settlers set foot on this soil. According to the Maine Maple Producers Association, Native Americans heated stones which were then dropped into wooden vats to boil the syrup. The introduction of cast iron cauldrons sped up the process.

It takes approximately 40 parts sap to make a part maple syrup which is a fancy way of saying it will take you 40 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup. To put that in perspective, it's thought that one 40-year-old tree can produce about 40 gallons of sap, which, once reduced, can make a single gallon of syrup.

Due to the nature of the business, the producers that participate will vary depending on when the sap starts running for them this is largely weather dependent. And though much of the state has experienced an earlier than normal run, some haven't started producing yet. So be sure to check the listings regularly to see if your favorite sugar shack is on the list.

'[Number of participants] depends on the year. We had close to 100 [in 2015] and we're looking at close to 80. There are a little over 450 licensed producers in the state, and since Maple Sunday falls on Easter, some might not participate on Easter Sunday, but will participate that Saturday or other weekends in March,' said Howard.

Oh, Sugar-sugar!

Here is a breakdown of Maine Maple Sunday participants according to the Maine Maple Producers Association's website in our general area. There are also maple producers in southern counties; you can find them online. The Maple syrup or taffy on snow will obviously be weather dependent The Maine Edge, having been through a few Maine winters, is leaving it in to be on the safe side. For a complete listing, including a map, visit www.mainemapleproducers.com or www.getrealgetmaine.com.

Aroostook County

Bradbury Maple Farms
202 Boot Foot Road
Bridgewater, ME 04735

There will be guided tours of a modern syrup operation with a family history. Visitors can watch sap being collected from the trees and the sweet conversion to maple syrup. Pure maple syrup products will be available. Free maple taffy on the snow. Farm tours, sugarbush tours, handicapped accessible, bus tours, school tours are available. The farm is open weekends from 1 to 5 p.m., March 19 through April 10; guided tours during the week by appointment. Call (207) 551-5227, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.bradburymaple.com for more information.

Emma's Maine
95 Parkhurst Siding Road
Presque Isle, ME 04769

Sugarhouse tours, wood-fired evaporator located in the big red barn at Arndt's Campground just north of the country club in Presque Isle.

Open on weekends in March and April and weekdays by appointment. Call, text or email for more information: (207) 551-3573, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Northwood Nectars LLC
1426 Sly Brook Road,
Eagle Lake, ME 04739

Visit the sugar camp in Eagle Lake where there is easy access and ample parking. Drive right to the sugar house or park in the parking area. Taffy on the snow, gift shop, maple products, wheelchair accessible restroom. Sugarbush tours are offered. Open March 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (207) 231-2265, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.northwoodnectar.com for more information.

Rural Pride
181 Sealander Road
Woodland, ME 04736

Tour the new sugarhouse and see state-of-the-art sugaring equipment. Visitors will see how they collect sap and watch the process of making maple syrup. The sugarhouse has a gift shop, friendly people, and you might even be able to join a cribbage game. Sugarbush tours, restrooms, handicapped accessible, and school tours are available. Open March 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call (207) 896-3137 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Spring Break Maple and Honey
3315 US Route 2
Smyrna Mills, ME 04780

Guided sugarbush tours are available on Maple Sunday at 1 p.m. There will be 'Sugar on Snow' demonstrations and free samples. Look online for more events and happenings. Follow them on Facebook. Farm tours, sugarbush tours, restrooms, handicapped accessible, bus tours, school tours are available. Open March 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call (207) 757-7373, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.mainemapleandhoney.com for more information.

The Maple Moose
28 Bowers Road
Easton, ME 04740

Open house with free refreshments, taffy on snow, sugarbush tours on the hour. Come and see how syrup is made. Open Saturday and Sunday for Maine Maple Sunday festivities. There will be syrup, sugar candies, maple cotton candy, cream, moose pops available. The products are hand-made on location. Open March 14 through April 12 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Farm tours, Sugarbush tours, restrooms, handicapped accessible, bus tours, school tours are available. Call (207) 488-6824, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.themaplemoose.com.

Penobscot County

Cider Hill Maple Farm
247 Cider Hill Road
Exeter, ME 04435

Full demonstration of producing maple syrup from tree to table. Snacks, sugarhouse tour, syrup tasting and more. Sugarbush tours available by appointment.

Farm tours, restrooms, handicapped accessible, school tours are available.

Hours are March 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (207) 270-2130 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Nutkin Knoll Farm and Sugarworks
269 Chapman Road
Newburgh, ME 04444

Scenic family farm with farm with animals, antique barn, wood-fired evaporator, sugarbush tours, free syrup samples on ice cream and maple milk. Fresh maple popcorn, maple coated peanuts, maple cotton candy, maple cream and candies, syrup produced and sold. Dress for outdoor fun- mud or shine! Farm tours, restrooms, school and bus tours available.

Hours are March 26 from 12 noon to 5 p.m., March 27 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (207) 234-7268, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit www.maine-christmas-trees.com.

Maine-Lee Maple
602 Arab Rd
Lee, ME 04455

Free syrup samples and a description of how the equipment works. Maple syrup always available for sale. Hours are March 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call (207) 290-1797 for more information.

Maxwells Maple Syrup
3142 Lee Road
Lee, Maine 04455

Maple syrup demonstration all day. Walking tour of the sugarbush. Samples of maple syrup and ice cream. Maple syrup for sale and sledding for the kids and parents beside the sugar shack.

Sugarbush tours, Bus and school tours are also available. Hours are March 27-28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (207) 738-3143 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Piscataquis County

Baker's Maple Syrup
26 North Road
Shirley, ME 04485

Tour of sugar house, maple samples, boiling. Farm tours, sugarbush tours, school and bus tours. Hours are April 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., but they are closed Easter Sunday.

Call (207) 695-2460, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.sites.google.com/site/bakersmaplesyrup/home.

Bob's Sugarhouse
252 East Main Street
Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426

There will be sugaring demonstrations, many free samples: maple baked beans, maple syrup on pancakes, ice cream, fried dough, maple baked goodies, appetizers, coffee and more, door prizes, maple cotton candy, fudge, maple sugar candy, sugar on snow, maple butter, maple whoopie pies and many more maple products, balloons and fun for kids, sugarbush tours, handicapped accessible, school and bus tours are also available. Hours are March 25 and 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; April 2 and 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed on Easter Sunday.

Call (207) 564-2145 or (207) 717-3337, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit mainemaplesyrup.com for more information.

Maine Highlands Sugarworks
269 Williamsburg Road
Wilaimsburg TWP, ME 04414

Come meet the folks at the Maine Highland Sugarworks for their first Maple Weekend and for free samples, tour of the sugarhouse and sugarbush and more. Easy access, plenty of parking and low crowds. Come on down and learn a little about your local sugarer. March 27, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (207) 943-6072, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or find them on Facebook.

SUBHEAD: Get Real Get Maine events

Maine Maple Sunday Weekend

March 26 through March 27, Smyrna Mills

The sugarhouse is open to the public to visit and learn by seeing how maple syrup is made. It is the time to see how maple added value products are made. There will be maple syrup samples, plus other samples; there will be a guided woodlot tour on March 27 at 1 p.m. Visitors will learn how to manage a woodlot for sugaring, see where sap is collected and how it travels to the sugarhouse to be boiled. Try a famous Maine Maple Sundae with proceeds going to benefit Sarah's House in memory of one of their loyal customers.

Pancake Breakfast (gluten free) and Maple Demo

March 26 through March 27, Greenwood

Pancake breakfast and sugar house demo.

Maine Maple Sunday Weekend

March 26 through March 27, Windham

Maine Maple Sunday Weekend open house.

Maine Maple Sunday

March 26 through March 27, Lyman ME

Open for a delicious Pancake Breakfast both days March 26 and 27. Homemade sausage, pancakes, coffee, juice milk. All you can eat. Sugar House will be open for demonstrations. Many maple products available. The Barn will be open with many baby animals to see. A fun filled day for all, open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Call for more info: (207) 247-6765.

Maine Maple Sunday

March 26 through March 27, Caribou

Open 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. both days, with demonstrations in the maple cabin every hour. Refreshments, maple ice cream, maple cotton candy and other items for sale.

Maine Maple Sunday

March 26 through March 27, Skowhegan

Smith Brothers is a sugar camp producing maple syrup in the traditional method with an oil fired evaporator. Sample ice cream with maple syrup and other items. Watch maple syrup being made. Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Maple Syrup Weekend in South Hiram

March 26 through March 27, South Hiram

7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pancake breakfast and sugarhouse tour.

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