March 16-17 is Maple Weekend in Massachusetts
Massachusetts maple producers will have lots of pure maple products on hand for visitors to sample and purchase during Maple Weekend, set for March 16-17.
To celebrate the state’s earliest and sweetest crop, more than 40 sugarhouses are highlighting this wonderful food. A list of participating sugarhouses are available on the website.
Sugarhouses around the state will be open to the public for tours, demonstrations and tastings, and opportunities to learn all about how maple syrup is produced and how it can be used. Visitors will also be able to buy fresh maple products direct from the farms. Each farm's offerings are unique -- from a team of oxen gathering sap, to walks through the sugarbush, to collections of historical sugaring equipment on display, to energy-saving modern equipment, to pancake breakfasts.
Demand for local maple products has increased in recent years, as more consumers have discovered its versatility in baking and cooking, as well as its health benefits. Pure Massachusetts maple products are naturally gluten-, allergen- and fat-free, and have fewer calories and more minerals and nutrients than other sweeteners. Everything from cocktails to deserts to marinades to salad dressings can highlight the versatility of maple syrup as an ingredient. Many recipes for delicious dishes made with Massachusetts maple syrup are available online.
The Massachusetts Maple Producers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of maple sugaring in Massachusetts.