The Hardworking Guys

I snapped this fun picture at our first open house this past weekend. Jake and Craig stepped outside the sugar shack for a breath of air after being in the steam all day. Yes, Craig was calling his wife to update her on the progress. Sugaring does not play well with any type of schedule! It’s the whim of Mother Nature that determines when we will eat dinner. When I took the picture, Joe was out in the woods checking on the sap flow. These are the people responsible for the great tasting syrup. Thanks guys!

A New Season Begins

This is my first post of the 2023 season—but we’ve been boiling the whole month of February, which felt more like March. The seasons are changing, and the boiling season is starting sooner and ending sooner.

This is me tapping trees in January. Well, if I’m honest, I’m schlepping stuff around for Joe and he is tapping trees. I’m just posing in this picture. No harm was done to the tree by me. Just saying.

It was easier to tap in January with the lack of snow.

Then, in February, the sap came fast and furious. For the first boil, we had over 3000 gallons of sap in one day to process. That’s a record for our small farm. Here’s a fun video of Joe opening a valve in our vacuum system and you can see the sap just blasting in.

As always, we will be open every Sunday in March for our open house from 11-4 pm. See you then!

2023 March Around Hardwick

Walk where we tap trees, pick up maple syrup, and enjoy the outdoors.
11-4 on Sunday, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2023.

Since you’ve been inside staying warm this winter, it’s easy to come down with house-atosis. Yes, I made that name up. But it feels real.  And the cure is simple: get out of the house and into fresh air.

March is sugaring season in Massachusetts. To celebrate, we’re opening our doors every Sunday in March from 11-4 pm so you can see how we make the sweet stuff. And while you’re in town, take a March Across Hardwick!

Grab your boots and come to Hardwick. Start at the Hardwick Sugar Shack and pick up your maple syrup at the open-air, pop-up shop at 572 Jackson Road in Hardwick Massachusetts. Enjoy the property and take a walk in the back trail. We will be here from 11-4 on Sunday, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2023.

Then head on over to see where else in town we tap trees. Start with the East Quabbin Land Trust at Mandell Hill. This is an amazing spot with a view of Mt. Wachusett and a bird watching landing that’s great for a picnic. See if you can spot the lines of tubing connecting the maple trees together when you first start out in the parking lot. 

When you arrive at Mandell Hill, use this map to follow a lovely trail that meanders through the meadow and into the woods. It’s a circular path which will lead you right back where you started. This is a walk Joe and I take at least once a week. And it’s one of our favorite spots in town for sunrises and sunsets.

Sunset near Mandell Hill in Hardwick.

Next, head on down to Moose Brook Preserve, also part of the East Quabbin Land Trust. There’s a place to park right off of Brook road where the trail starts. Here’s the map.

A couple of things to know before venturing forth at Moose Brook. First, Brook Road is small, dirt road that’s a little rough around the edges at times. Second, the hike goes up a steep hill. So, be prepared. If you’re looking for an easier jaunt, park at the intersection of Taylor Hill Road and Brook Road. You’ll actually see our sugaring lines here, weaving through the woods and running over Moose Brook. Right across the street from our lines, you’ll see a yellow metal gate. This is the start of an easy walk with a nice reward when you finish. At the end of the trail, you’ll notice a small hill. This is the tailings from when they drilled the Quabbin Reservoir aqueduct. When you make it to the top of that pile, you’re rewarded with a great view of the pond. 

Our maple lines and vacuum pump at Moose Brook.

I’m a fan of the Land Trust here in town. Not only does it help with maple production and preserve the land, it gives us so much joy to walk the many paths. While you’re in town, check out all the Land Trust walks here.

Please note that although we will have a pop-up shop from 11-4 on Sundays in March, we do not normally have a retail store. If you need some syrup, you can order online, or pick it up locally at Mimi’s Coffee House, Petersham Country Store, Country Gourmet, Hardwick Farmer’s Coop, or Rose32 Bread. At Mimi’s, Rose32, and Petersham’s Country Store you can also grab lunch.

Use this handy-dandy map to help navigate your day.

The March Across Hardwick is a sure cure for house-atosis, which we are all suffering from at present. Enjoy your day welcoming in the Spring!

2022 March Around Hardwick

Walk where we tap trees, pick up maple syrup, and enjoy the outdoors.

Since you’ve been inside staying warm this winter, it’s easy to come down with house-atosis. Yes, I made that name up. But it feels real.  And the cure is simple: get out of the house and into fresh air.

March is sugaring season in Massachusetts. To celebrate, we’re opening our doors every Sunday in March from 11-4 pm so you can see how we make the sweet stuff. And while you’re in town, take a March Across Hardwick!

Grab your boots and come to Hardwick. Start at the Hardwick Sugar Shack and pick up your maple syrup at the open-air, pop-up shop at 572 Jackson Road in Hardwick Massachusetts. Enjoy the property and take a walk in the back trail. We will be here from 11-4 on Sunday, March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2022.

Then head on over to see where else in town we tap trees. Start with the East Quabbin Land Trust at Mandell Hill. This is an amazing spot with a view of Mt. Wachusett and a bird watching landing that’s great for a picnic. See if you can spot the lines of tubing connecting the maple trees together when you first start out in the parking lot. 

When you arrive at Mandell Hill, use this map to follow a lovely trail that meanders through the meadow and into the woods. It’s a circular path which will lead you right back where you started. This is a walk Joe and I take at least once a week. And it’s one of our favorite spots in town for sunrises and sunsets.

Sunset near Mandell Hill in Hardwick.

Next, head on down to Moose Brook Preserve, also part of the East Quabbin Land Trust. There’s a place to park right off of Brook road where the trail starts. Here’s the map.

A couple of things to know before venturing forth at Moose Brook. First, Brook Road is small, dirt road that’s a little rough around the edges at times. Second, the hike goes up a steep hill. So, be prepared. If you’re looking for an easier jaunt, park at the intersection of Taylor Hill Road and Brook Road. You’ll actually see our sugaring lines here, weaving through the woods and running over Moose Brook. Right across the street from our lines, you’ll see a yellow metal gate. This is the start of an easy walk with a nice reward when you finish. At the end of the trail, you’ll notice a small hill. This is the tailings from when they drilled the Quabbin Reservoir aqueduct. When you make it to the top of that pile, you’re rewarded with a great view of the pond. 

Our maple lines and vacuum pump at Moose Brook.

I’m a fan of the Land Trust here in town. Not only does it help with maple production and preserve the land, it gives us so much joy to walk the many paths. While you’re in town, check out all the Land Trust walks here.

Please note that although we will have a pop-up shop from 11-4 on Sundays in March, we do not normally have a retail store. If you need some syrup, you can order online, or pick it up locally at Mimi’s Coffee House, Petersham Country Store, Country Gourmet, Hardwick Farmer’s Coop, or Rose32 Bread. At Mimi’s, Rose32, and Petersham’s Country Store you can also grab lunch.

Use this handy-dandy map to help navigate your day.

The March Across Hardwick is a sure cure for house-atosis, which we are all suffering from at present. Enjoy your day welcoming in the Spring!

2021 March Around Hardwick

Walk where we tap trees, pick up maple syrup, and enjoy the outdoors.

Since you’ve been inside staying safe from COVID and the winter weather, it’s easy to come down with house-atosis. Yes, I made that name up. But it feels real.  And the cure is simple: get out of the house and into fresh air. March is usually when people come to the Hardwick Sugar Shack for sugaring season. Since COVID is still a thing, we’re switching it up. Instead of our usual open house for maple syrup season, we’re inviting you to March Across Hardwick. 

Grab your boots and come to Hardwick. Start at the Hardwick Sugar Shack and pick up your maple syrup at the open-air, pop-up shop at 572 Jackson Road in Hardwick Massachusetts. Although we won’t have the sugarhouse open for inside tours, enjoy the property and take a walk in the back trail. We will be here from 11-4 on Sunday, March 14, 21, and 28, 2021. Please note, when visiting the farm, face masks are required, following COVID-19 protocols.

Then head on over to see where else in town we tap trees. Start with the East Quabbin Land Trust at Mandell Hill. This is an amazing spot with a view of Mt. Wachusett and a bird watching landing that’s great for a picnic. See if you can spot the lines of tubing connecting the maple trees together when you first start out in the parking lot. 

When you arrive at Mandell Hill, use this map to follow a lovely trail that meanders through the meadow and into the woods. It’s a circular path which will lead you right back where you started. This is a walk Joe and I take at least once a week. And it’s one of our favorite spots in town for sunrises and sunsets.

Sunset near Mandell Hill in Hardwick.

Next, head on down to Moose Brook Preserve, also part of the East Quabbin Land Trust. There’s a place to park right off of Brook road where the trail starts. Here’s the map.

A couple of things to know before venturing forth at Moose Brook. First, Brook Road is small, dirt road that’s a little rough around the edges at times. Second, the hike goes up a steep hill. So, be prepared. If you’re looking for an easier jaunt, park at the intersection of Taylor Hill Road and Brook Road. You’ll actually see our sugaring lines here, weaving through the woods and running over Moose Brook. Right across the street from our lines, you’ll see a yellow metal gate. This is the start of an easy walk with a nice reward when you finish. At the end of the trail, you’ll notice a small hill. This is the tailings from when they drilled the Quabbin Reservoir aqueduct. When you make it to the top of that pile, you’re rewarded with a great view of the pond. 

Our maple lines and vacuum pump at Moose Brook.

I’m a fan of the Land Trust here in town. Not only does it help with maple production and preserve the land, it gives us so much joy to walk the many paths. While you’re in town, check out all the Land Trust walks here.

Please note that although we will have a pop-up shop from 11-4 on Sunday, March 14, 21, and 28th, we do not normally have a retail store. If you need some syrup, you can order online, or pick it up locally at Mimi’s Coffee House, Petersham Country Store, Country Gourmet, Hardwick Farmer’s Coop, or Rose32 Bread. At Mimi’s, Rose32, and Petersham’s Country Store you can also grab lunch.

Use this handy-dandy map to help navigate your day.

The March Across Hardwick is a sure cure for house-atosis, which we are all suffering from at present. Enjoy your day welcoming in the Spring!

Virus Impacts Open House

Well, these are weird days. This Saturday and Sunday was supposed to be Massachusetts Maple weekend, which of course has been cancelled (like everything else) due to coronavirus. Joe and I discussed our plans for our scheduled open house tomorrow. We decided to cancel, doing our small part to minimize contact. We will be here boiling, nonetheless, as Mother Nature does her thing. It’s time to make the syrup, no matter what else is shifting and changing in the world! Remember, you can always order online. Stay safe and healthy. We’ll see you next year.

2011 MA maple syrup crop

Enjoy the Sun

With daylight savings today, there will be lots of sun to soak up. Join us today with this lovely sunny weather. We have lots of sap to boil, and Joe just bottled syrup for the open house. The quarts are still warm!! Open from 11-4. Visit the Hardwick Vineyard & Winery, Hardwick Farmers Co-Op, Mimi’s Coffeehouse of Hardwick, Rose 32 Bread, Hartman’s Herb Farm, The Country Store in Petersham, The Country Gourmet, while your in town.

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2020 Open House

The open house season at the Hardwick Sugar Shack starts tomorrow. We began boiling much earlier this season than any other year (3 times in January!) and have continued the pace. Of course we are hoping that the cold to warm weather fluctuations continue. It’s that oscillation between freezing and thawing that makes the sap flow. Isn’t that interesting? I think that’s a good metaphor for how to live…quiet and still counterbalanced with warm and flow.

We’re open every Sunday in March from 11-4. Come visit our sugar house, and see how syrup is made. Best of all, give it a taste. All of our syrup is this year’s harvest. We sell out every year, so come and enjoy while the season is ready (another good metaphor for life: enjoy what’s here now).

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