March is maple month, I learned this the other day when I went to a local restaurant and saw everything from Maple Sundaes to Maple Salmon on the menu. And they are not alone there are many places and events on hand this month to celebrate with your family.Now apart from being quite yummy, many nutritional site says it has a multitude of antioxidants. They also will tell you how it doesn't raise your blood sugar as much as regular sugar, which if you are watching your glycemic index that is better.

Now all that said, we really love the amber sweetener because it tastes good, which brings me to Maple Sunday which is always the 4th Sunday in March.   During the month of March many local producers or Sugar Shacks will have open houses so you can watch trees being tapped and sap being boiled down to pancake readiness.

If you want to get the party started a little earlier:

  • Curran Homestead at 372 Fields Pond Road in Orrington will be hosting on Sat., March 18, 10-2, Sugaring Off Event and Irish Celebration at Fields Pond. This family friendly annual event will include hands-on participation in tapping a tree, collecting sap buckets , and boiling sap down to amber colored syrup. The sap has been running since Feb. 23, so we hope to have some syrup on hand to sample. Our sugar house will have a wood burning evaporator going full tilt In the Curran farmhouse kitchen we will have much food for purchase including choices flavored with maple syrup as well as Irish stew and soda bread in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. We plan on a horse drawn sled or carriage depending on snow conditions; this will be $5 per ride. We will have an EGG HUNT with prizes for all entrees.

Maine Maple Producer's map shows some of the local places to take the family on Maple Sunday:

  • Lucerne Maple Products, 252 Lower Dedham Road, Holden                           Watch maple syrup being made. Foods made with Maine maple syrup.          Hours: March 26 10am-4:00pm. Phone 207-745-0253
  • Nutkin Knoll Farm and Sugarworks, 269 Chapman Rd , Newburgh Description Scenic family farm,wood fired evaporator, antique barn, farm animals with spring lambs. Sugarbush tours in award winning managed wood lot. Syrup on ice cream, maple milk free samples. Maple cotton candy, maple molded candies, fresh syrup, maple coated peanuts available to purchase. Wear boots & outdoor clothes for fun in the snow & mud of springtime in Maine. Sugarbush tours, restrooms, school and bus tours. Hours: March 25 12PM-5PM, March 26 9AM-5PM Phone 207-234-7268
  • Cider Hill Maple Farm, 247 Cider Hill Road, Exeter                          Description Information on how Maple Syrup is produced from tree to table. Sugarhouse tour, equipment demonstration, snacks, Maple Syrup tasting and more. Sugarbush tours available by appointment. Farm tours, restrooms, handicapped accessible, school tours. Hours: March 26, 9AM- 5PM
    Phone 207-379-4426 or 207-270-2130

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 If you know of any other farms participating please let me know and I'll add them to the list.