Now that Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring we look forward to all the glorious things that come with warmer weather and longer days. And here in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, one sure sign that spring is on the way is the start of maple sugaring season. Miles of tubing wend through the forests of maples tapping into the sap that will be lovingly transformed into liquid gold maple syrup. With seven local sugarhouses within 25 miles of the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast, getting an opportunity to watch and learn about the labor-intensive maple sugaring process is an absolute must-do in spring in the Berkshires.
Most often drizzled over stacks of steaming pancakes or crispy waffles, maple syrup is becoming much more of a staple in the kitchens of food lovers everywhere. You’ll find this golden nectar as a key ingredient in cookies, muffins, glazes, barbeque sauces, craft cocktails, and more. In fact, maple syrup is one of the stars of Martha Stewart’s bacon jam recipe, a yummy spread for crostini, egg dishes, and even dolloped on seared scallops.
If you’re looking to add a fun outing to a Berkshires getaway, visit any one of these seven local sugar houses to purchase their products to bring home to family and friends. Mostly family owned and operated, you’ll find the sweet smell of maple lingering in the air when sugaring down begins anytime from late February to early March, depending on Mother Nature. The time-honored process necessary to produce good maple syrup requires patience and intuition, but the result is so worthwhile. Call ahead to inquire if sugaring is underway.
- Turner Farm Sugar House, South Egremont, MA (413) 528-5710
- Crystal Brook Farm, Tyringham, MA (413) 243-3247
- Middleton Maples, Otis, MA (413) 269-4003
- Deer Run Maples, Otis, MA (413) 736-8189
- Maple Corner Farm, Granville, MA (413) 357-8829
- Mill Brook Sugar House, Lenox, MA (413) 298- 3473
- Top O’The Hill Maple, Blandford, MA (413) 563-7264
Maple season is short, typically 4-6 weeks. So book your spring getaway to the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires. It’s sure to be a sweet stay.