THE WARREN FARM & SUGARHOUSE
31 Warren St., North Brookfield, MA 01535
Dear Homeschool Group,
While you are planning your activities for the year, we would like to invite you to tour our maple sugaring operation. The tour, approximately 75 minutes long, takes children on a guided and narrated walk through the history of maple sugaring. We will share stories about the Native Americans’ role in the early history of sugaring, and continue by demonstrating colonial methods and tools for collecting and boiling. Along the way students will explore two different systems used today, and will have an opportunity to see new technologies. Aspects of science, meteorology, global warming, and math will be woven into the presentation. At the sugarhouse a large evaporator stands ready to receive sap from collection tanks outside. Here, you will learn how sap is boiled into syrup, and see the equipment and gauges needed for this process. Everyone will be able to sample fresh sap and pure maple syrup. The level of discussion is adapted to the average age of the group, and questions are encouraged. This is certainly a tradition that has something of interest to all ages!
The admission fee is $12.00 for students and $5.00 for adults. Children 3 years old and younger are free, but do not receive the gift bag (unless they pay the student rate) and they may find the presentation too challenging. Older students will receive a generous gift bag containing a 100 ml jug of syrup, a kid’s activity/recipe booklet, a 2-pack of maple sugar candy, a maple coloring book, and other items. The group’s contact person will receive a free packet of educational materials to copy and distribute to the other families. We have a gift shop that you may wish to visit filled with maple syrup, maple confections and other products we produce here on the farm.
There is ample parking for cars and vans. We strongly suggest that everyone attending be dressed for a short outdoor hike during cold, and sometimes muddy, weather. Many of our March days are sunny but windy. Once inside the sugarhouse you will be close enough to touch the evaporator. For safety reasons, we will not be fired up during the tour, but there will be sap and syrup in it from the last boil for everyone to view.
We require a minimum of 20 people in your group – counting both children and adults. We encourage you to network with other home school families in order to book a tour. Tour slots for your group are scheduled Mon. thru Thurs. at a time of your choice during the month of March. Please call as soon as possible to reserve your date and time, as our spaces are limited during the season and this has been a very popular field trip.
We look forward to meeting your students and sharing our love for sugaring,
Janice and Dale Wentworth
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Late updated: January 12, 2017