While Maine dairy farmers steward thousands of acres of open farmland and pastures across the state, they also oversee many acres in small woodlands. This time of year is too cold, wet, and often snowy for farmers to get on the fields to start planting crops. So, many take to the woods to tap trees for maple syrup.
Some of them join in the Maine Maple Sunday festivities this weekend. Meaning that you not only get to sample some sweet treats, you also get to pet some sweet cows. While Harris Farm in Dayton won’t have its famous pancake feast, it will be open to people who want to take a self-guided tour of their sugarbush, see the cows, and take home a DIY pancake kit!
If you’re down that way, it’d be worth the trip to try some of Silvery Moon Creamery‘s spicy smoky maple curds at Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook. Along with Maine Maple Sunday celebrations, they will have an Easter Egg Gathering this week. Tickets are required, so book in advance.
The Guillemette family in Lyman owns and operates both Brook Ridge Organic Dairy Farm and Brook Ridge Boilers Maple Syrup. They have all kinds of homemade sweet goodies like maple taffy (tire d’érable), canned sugar on snow, maple cones, maple fudge, and more.
Hall Farms in East Dixfield already started celebrating maple season. Stretching their pancake breakfast over three Saturdays – March 20, March 27, and April 3 from 8 AM-noon. The breakfast is takeout. You need to call ahead to reserve a pick-up time.
Hall Farms collaborated with a dairy farm next door in Canton, Conant Acres, on their Maple Cheddar. Pick some up at the Conants’ farm store while in the area. They also have new blueberry and cranberry cheddars. Another dairy farm, Brigeen Farms in Turner, uses Hall Farms maple syrup in its maple walnut frozen custard and blueberry maple ice cream tacos at their Canty Cow Creamery.