Thursday, December 5, 2013
Maine Maple Sunday is a pretty sweet deal.
Maple producers around the state open up their farms and sugarhouses to folks for free as a way to promote Maine's maple industry. The annual event is scheduled for next Sunday, March 22. So now's the time to start planning a visit.
Most participating farms offer maple boiling demonstrations and let you stroll among the tapped trees. Many have free syrup samples, some atop ice cream, and many have farm animals to gaze at. Some will even have free wagon or sleigh rides.
And because the maple business is in fact a business, there will be lots of things for sale. Many places have a sit-down pancake breakfast, and most sell a wide array of maple treats, from syrup and maple butter to doughnuts, whoopie pies or fudge.
Following is a list of places in Cumberland and York counties that are participating in Maine Maple Sunday and are listed with the Maine Department of Agriculture. It's a good idea to call a place you're thinking of visiting, since hours and attractions at each vary. Also, some are open the Saturday before as well.
For the state's entire list of Maine Maple Sunday participants in every county, go online to www.getrealmaine.com/visit/maine_maple_sunday.html.
n Baldwin: Grandpa Joe's Sugar House, 103 Murch Road. Saturday and Sunday. 787-3300, firstname.lastname@example.org
n Baldwin: Kyle's Maple Syrup Shack, Route 113 and Douglas Hill Road. 625-4605, email@example.com
n Casco: Sweet William's, 66 Spiller Road. 627-7362, firstname.lastname@example.org
n Cumberland: Pleasant Valley Acres, Pleasant Valley Road. 829-5588, email@example.com
n Gorham: Merrifield Farm, 195 Gorham Road. 892-5061, Merfarm@aol.com
n Gorham: Parsons Maple Products, 322 Buck St. 831-4844, firstname.lastname@example.org
n Raymond: Balsam Ridge, 140 Egypt Road. Saturday and Sunday. 655-4474, www.balsamridgechristmas.com
n Sebago: Greene Maple Farm, 77 Bridgton Road. 787-2424
n Windham: Coopers Maple Products, 81 Chute Road. 892-7276, www.coopersrhf.com
n Windham: Nash Valley Farm, Nash Road. 892-7019, nashvalleyfarm @myfairpoint.net
n Buxton: Royal Maple, 219 Back Nippen Road. 229-9125, sales@diecast warehouse.com
n Dayton: Clark Cole Family Pure Maple Syrup at Cole Farm Dairy and Andy's Agway, Cole Farm Road. Saturday only, 8 a.m. to noon. 284-5019, email@example.com
n Dayton: Harris Farm, Buzzell Road. Saturday and Sunday. 499-2678, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.harrisfarm.com
n Limerick: Morin's Maple Syrup, 45 Morin Road, off Route 11. 793-8420, email@example.com
n Lyman: Brookridge Boilers, Route 111. Three miles west of Route 35. 490-2957
n Lyman: Triple C Farm, 1 Brock Road, off South Waterboro Road. 247-6765, firstname.lastname@example.org
n Newfield: Hilltop Boilers, 157 Elm St. 793-8432, email@example.com
n Newfield: Sugar Hill Maple Products, 93 Hicks Road (next door to former location), 793-2773
n Shapleigh: Ridley Farm, 38 Nason Road, off Owl's Nest Road. 636-4519, firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at: