8th Annual Maple Festival
Saturday March 8th, 2014 from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Free admission.Our annual event is always held on the 2nd Saturday in March, which is usually "prime time sugaring season" in CT. Come visit us and see how we turn sap into maple syrup. Learn all about the process with a slide show, video, and tour of the sugarhouse. Watch the sap being boiled in our evaporator and turning into the golden elixir. There will be a tree tapping demonstration and sugar-on-snow eat for our visitors, ongoing tours and talks, pancakes, sausage and coffee being served all day, bounce house for the kids, various classes, and even LIVE music! Make an effort to attend this fun family event and experience the New England tradition of sugaring! Various maple products and maple syrup in all size containers available for purchase. If you can not make it on this date, you are welcome to come visit anytime we are boiling in the sugarhouse (please call ahead) or on the other Saturdays for our "Open House".
NOTES to our customers for the event:
ATTIRE: Please come prepared with boots to trudge in the snow, especially for touring the sugar maples and tree tapping demonstration.
PARKING: there will be street side parking and parking along our private road, but be aware that there is limited parking right in front of the sugarhouse. Please reserve this for elderly or handicapped persons, and be prepared to possibly have to walk in some snow to get inside. If you are streetside parking, please only park on one side of the road and park well off to the side and not in the middle of the road as it is a state highway. You can drop off people in front our our garage and then park if you wish.
PURCHASES: we appreciate cash so please come prepared, but you can use a check if it is local and you have ID. Credit cards will have a $20 minimum and no cash back.
Maple Sugaring Classes and Tours
Sweet Wind Farm is the perfect place to take your group, class, scouts, or family to an educational outing. Our class/tour consists of viewing tapped trees (during syrup season only), a guided tour of the sugarhouse facility and equipment, possibly watching us boil sap and sniff the heavenly smell of syrup steaming. A narrated slide show of the sugaring process, and the history of sugaring and other fascinating facts about maple will be discussed, and sugaring tools passed around for viewing during the class time. Maple syrup samples given after class. Sap samples given out when available.Presentation material will be based on age of the participants. A great class for ages 3 - 99! For the younger set, a picture book will be read aloud also. The class lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours.This class may be scheduled at any time of the year, but viewing of tapped trees and possibly seeing us boil sap can only be done during sugaring season (the months of Feb. - April) Viewing of sap boiling is not guaranteed during your scheduled class time, as this is dependant on the weather and sap flow which we can't control or predict. Please come dressed for the weather, especially for the outdoor portion of the tour. Boots, warm coats, hats, and umbrellas if it's raining are recommended.Classes are not cancelled due to rain, since most of the class is indoors, but if there is a snow storm you may reschedule. Please call or email to schedule a class soon for the 2013 season.
FEE Ages 4 and up, $5.00 each. $50.00 minimum.
For school groups, scouts: Teachers and chaperones are free, 2 per class. Any additional adults attending are $5.00 each.
For homeschool groups: one parent per family is free, any additional adults are $5.00 each. Siblings under 4 free.
PLEASE NOTE**** due to time constraints and limited availability for times, there is a 10 student minimum to run a class. (A minimum of $50.00 ) If you don't meet the 10 student requirement, you can choose to either pay the difference or invite others to join you. There is also a limit of 30 people per class due to space limitations.
Call Susan at (860) 653-2038, or email to schedule at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open House Days
During maple sugaring season we often host "Open House" at our sugarhouse whenever we are boiling sap.We will put up the "Open House" sign out front, so whenever you see that you can find us in action. We try to plan this ahead of time every Saturday during February and March, but it depends on the weather and sap flow, so please call ahead or visit our website for updated notices.You are welcome to come visit and watch us boil in the evaporator, take a whiff of the heavenly steam and learn how we make syrup. If we aren't too busy at the moment we can offer a tour. You can purchase our maple products before you head home. Admission if free for our Open House, as always. If you are interested in a personal guided tour with a "whole nine yards" educational class, please see details above under "Maple Sugaring Classes and Tours".