The weekend of March 23 and 24 is Maple Open House all over the state and Shelburne Farms will host two days of fun and sugary activities, exploration, education, and good eating.
A highlight both days is the annual Shelburne Explorers 4-H Club Pancake Breakfast, a delicious meal of syrup, pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee. The 4-H Explorers (and their parents) will be serving the pancake breakfast both days from 9 am to noon in the McClure Center for School Programs at the Farm Barn. The breakfast is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Proceeds will benefit the club’s dairy project.
The sugarbush, on the hill behind the historic Farm Barn, will be open for visitors to tour and watch the steamy business of boiling. Throughout the sugarbush, there will be hands-on maple-themed activities as educators teach visitors the history of sugar making, host a scavenger hunt, practice tapping a tree, and sample syrups.
The Children’s Farmyard will also be open. This is a chance to meet the new lambs that have been born in the past few weeks – cute little bundles of energy, leaping, bleating, eating, and curled up to sleep! It’s a great “spring at the farm” experience for the whole family.
Maple Open House Weekend is from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm both days and is free to all.