The days are slowly warming and the nighttime temperatures continue to dip below freezing. This is a sure sign that maple sugaring season is here! Maple syrup has been made in Connecticut for hundreds of years, beginning with the Native American tribes. The practice was then passed on to the early European settlers. Traditionally, the maple sugaring season in Connecticut begins in mid-February and runs through the end of March. A short 6-8 week harvest season that results in the most delicious of rewards!
Our Shoreline communities are lucky enough to be called home by a few of these liquid gold mines and many offer visiting hours and demonstrations on the weekends. It is suggested that you call ahead before visiting as production is weather dependent.
North Branford –
- Wayne’s Sugarhouse at 89 Cedar Lake Drive, North Branford. Call 203-488-3549 on Fridays from mid-February thru March to find out boiling times. Maple syrup for sale year ‘round.
- Dudley Farm Museum at 2351 Durham Road, Guilford. Call 203-457-0770. The Dudley Farm Museum is located at the intersection of Routes 80 and 77 in North Guilford, CT. The Dudley Farm focuses on farm life circa 1900, the sugarhouse included. The grounds also have the main museum in the farmhouse, barns, farm animals, gardens and a Native American collection. Syrup production is for demonstration purposes only. Sugaring will be on weekends during February and March, but please call ahead, as it is weather dependent. Admission is free.
- Maple Grove Farm at 3424 Durham Road, Guilford. Call 203-457-1304. Buster Scranton uses wood-fired evaporator to produce his syrup. Syrup, cream and candy sold during the season (Feb. – mid-March). Syrup sales year ’round as supply permits. Please call ahead.
- Durham Sugarhouse at 28R Burwell Newton Drive, Durham. Call 860-349-6806. Visit our sugarhouse on weekends from early February to the end of March. Syrup available for sale during the year on most weekends.
- Miller’s Tri-Mountain Sugarhouse at 301 Try-Mountain Road, Durham. Call 860 398-1776. Open to the public mid-February through March as weather permits. Please call ahead for visiting hours and syrup sales. Are also participating in local farmers markets.