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By the time late March rolls around, even the hardiest Mainers are ready for spring. Fortunately for them, it’s the time of year for one of Maine’s favorite rites of the season: Maine Maple Sunday.
Held every year on the fourth Sunday in March, Maine Maple Sunday is a chance to see maple products made first-hand. Almost 100 sugarhouses in every corner of the state from Eagle Lake to Wells open their doors and offer demonstrations, talks, and of course, free treats. Some sugarhouses are open on Saturday as well.
The next Maine Maple Sunday will be held on March 27, 2022.
What do Mainers make with maple?
When you think of maple products, you likely think of real maple syrup. On any sugarhouse visit, you’re likely to learn about how the sap of a maple tree is boiled into syrup. But you’ll also find a variety of other treats, including:
- Maple sugar candy
- Maple cream
- Maple nuts
- Maple hard cider
- Maple kettle corn
- Maple cookies
- …and much more!
Many of the sugarhouses across the state offer free samples. And be sure to try some local maple syrup over ice cream – or even snow!
Maple syrup can be a great addition to any meal. Ken Haedrich’s Maple Syrup Cookbook includes more than 100 recipes for everything from bread to kabobs to candy!
What else happens on Maine Maple Sunday?
This celebration of all things maple is a great event for the whole family. Some sugarhouses offer live music, sugarbush tours, donuts, or horse and wagon rides as well. You may even find some farm animals or see some woodworking or blacksmithing demonstrations!
And don’t miss the chance to go to a good old fashioned Maine pancake breakfast, offered at select locations around the state.
Which sugarhouses are open on Maine Maple Sunday?
For a full list and map of the sugarhouses participating in this year’s Maine Maple Sunday (and Saturday!) and to find out which products each location offers, visit the Maine Maple Producers Association’s website. But be careful looking on an empty stomach!