Maine Maple Sunday is March 25. Several local maple syrup operations are opening their doors and, unlike the past couple of years, the sap houses have been boiling, thanks to warm weather the first two weeks in March.
Black Owl Maple Products, at 15 Woodchuck Way in Jefferson, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will demonstrate the syrup-making process, and will have for sale its signature Black Owl confections and maple syrup.
Goranson Farm, at 250 River Road in Dresden, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering free maple sundaes. Goranson Farm will give sugar house tours and will provide live music. The farm will have available for sale syrup, maple candies, homemade baked goods, fresh doughnuts, and organic vegetables and will be offering horse-drawn wagon rides, weather permitting.
Rice Farm Maple Syrup, at 36 Split Rock Road in Walpole, will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 25. The farm will give sugaring demonstrations and will have for sale syrup and T-shirts. Rice Farm will offer free horse-drawn wagon rides. It will also be serving pancakes and chuck-wagon-style baked beans.
Sweetwoods Farm, at 144 Lynch Road in Newcastle, is offering sugarhouse tours on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is its first year participating in Maine Maple Sunday. The farm will be serving ice cream with hot maple syrup. It is hoping to be able to offer sugarbush tours, which will depend on the snow pack. The farm will give a sugar house tour and answer questions. Maple syrup will be available for sale.
Tim’s Sugar Shack, at 23 Grand Army Road in Whitefield, will be open Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tim’s will have maple products available for sale. The venue is offering sugarbush tours and samples of fresh maple syrup on ice cream.