We always welcome opportunities to share nature with our children and ways to discover where our food comes from. March is Maple Sugaring season. This is a great time to show your kids how real maple syrup is made and why every drop matters. There are a number of farms that will have special demonstrations this month including Coggeshall Farm Museum, a living historical farm set on 48 acres that have been cultivated by Europeans since the late 17th century.
Join Coggeshall Farm as they celebrate nature’s bounty in the form of maple sugar – the time of year when the sap runs sweet from the trees.Â Native people from Canada to Massachusetts have long celebrated the period called, “sugar month” or “maple moon”.Â Depending on local climate, this period falls somewhere between mid February to mid April.Â Learn how early Anglo Americans regarded and adapted this well established practice of distilling precious sugar from the sap of the maple tree.
Maple Sugaring Event at Coggeshall Farm Museum
March 21and 22 from 10am to 4pm
This event was February 21 and 22!
Demonstrations of the sugaring process from tree to sugar using late 18th century tools and techniques. Other period demonstrations will take place in the farm house.
Where: Colt Drive off Poppaquash Road, Bristol, RI 02809
Other Maple Sugaring locations:
– Harvest of Maple Sap Festival
March 14 from 1pm to 4pm
Listen to stories about the history of maple collecting in the Native communities. Taste delicious foods and drinks that include maple syrup. Participate in the maple sugar ceremony which includes social dances. Listen to flute music and traditional drumming. Visit our wetu site and see how our syrup is cooking down. Explore the museum. Create your own paper Makuk (birch container) for collecting syrup.
Where: Tomaquag Museum, Summit Road, Exeter
– Charlie’s Sugarhouse
Open Weekends in March, call first.
Where: 124 Hall Rd., Coventry, RI
– Gibby Fountain’s Spring Hill Sugarhouse
Weekends in March, call first.
Where:Â 522 Gardner Rd., Richmond, RI
Photo Courtesy of Coggeshall Farm