March is Massachusetts Maple Month!
Join us for an Open house at Hardwick Sugar Shack every Sunday in March from 11-4
Follow the process of making maple syrup from tree to tasting. During the open house you can sample the finished product, visit the animals, see the old-fashioned way of making syrup and enjoy hot mulled maple cider.
Mother Nature determines whether or not we are boiling sap during the open house. The days have to be warm and the nights below freezing in order for the sap to flow. We do our very best to save sap that flows late in the week so we can have a boil on Sunday if at all possible. Fresh sap makes the best maple syrup, so we boil as fast as possible after a run.
We do have Hardwick Sugar Shack maple syrup available for purchase (and for taste-testing!) during the open house. You can also pick it up at many area locations, including:
Clover Hill Country Store, Hardwick, MA www.cloverhillcountrystore.com
The Country Gourmet, Barre, MA www.thecountrygourmet.net
Rose32 Bread, Gilbertville, MA www.rose32bread.com
Hardwick Winery, Hardwick, MA www.hardwickwinery.com
Robinson’s Farm, Hardwick, MA www.robinsonfarm.org
Misty Brook Farm, Hardwick, MA www.mistybrook.com
Hartman’s Herb Farm, Barre, MA www.hartmansherbfarm.com
Howe’s Farm Stand, Paxton and Holden, MA
If it’s any other month than March and you want to stop by, give a call first at (413) 477-0932 to make sure we are here to greet you. There’s not much to see off-season other than a quiet sugar shack, but hey, we are happy to sell you the sweet stuff all year ’round.
If you’ve visited the farm in the past, do leave us a comment below and tell us about your experience!
From the Mass. Pike: Take the MA Pike to exit 8, Palmer. Left at the end of the exit onto rte 32N. Stay on 32N through Palmer to rte 9 & 32. Continue on 9 & 32 to 32N. 32 splits off in Gilbertville. Take 32A north at Cumberland Farms. Follow to Hardwick Commons. Just past the Commons, you’ll see the fire station on the left. Take the next right at the cemetery onto North Rd. Take your first left to 572 Jackson, driveway on the right.
From Route 2: Take exit 17 to route 32, heading south into Petersham center. Just past the center, take a right onto 122/32A, then a left onto 32A south. Continue for about 9 miles Just before you hit the center of Hardwick, you’ll see the highway department on the far right and a cemetery on the left. Take the left at the cemetery, North road. Take your first left to 572 Jackson, driveway on the right.
From Worcester: Take 122 to Rutland. After you pass 122A and Long Pond in Rutland, take the second major left, Old Turnpike Road. The green highway sign will read Hardwick 9 miles. Continue on this road, passing straight through 2 blinking red lights, to the center of Hardwick. At the commons, bear right, heading onto 32A North. Passing a fire station on the left, take the next right at the cemetery onto North rd. Take your first left to 572 Jackson, driveway on the right.
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