Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, located in Montpelier, Vermont, is a sugar farm where visitors can see how maple syrup is produced and purchase maple products, candy, Vermont cheese, and other custom gifts.

1.About the Farm

About the Farm
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The Morse family history dates all the way back 200 years and 8 generations, to the early settlers of Vermont. They were taught how to tap the Maple trees by the Native Americans and became self-sufficient in sugar production. Ben Franklin promoted the Northeast sugar production, making them less dependent on sugar from Britain. When America won their independence and transportation of sugar improved, it no longer had to be boiled, allowing it to remain in the maple syrup stage. Morse Farm continues to produce maple syrup today.

Each maple tree on Morse Farm gives, on average, 10 gallons of sap each year. In order to make 1 gallon of pure maple syrup it takes 40 gallons of maple sap. This means that for every gallon of pure maple syrup it takes 4 maples trees. The trees also are not tapped until they are at least 40 years old. They syrup is derived from 100% treated and heated tree sap at Morse farm and contains no additives, preservatives or artificial sweeteners.

There are 4 different grades of syrup produced at Morse Farm. Grade A-Golden is a Pale syrup that is the finest syrup. Grade A-Amber, is the most popular and has a golden hue. Grade A-dark has a full maple flavor and is richer in flavor. Grade A- Very Dark is full bodied and good for cooking and baking.

Tour the Farm

Morse Farm is open all year round, 7 days per week, but the hours do change seasonally and are updated on their website. They offer free tours of the sugar house with tastings, trails to explore, a museum, wood shed theater, and country store. The grounds are also decorated with carvings and sculptures of tree elves by Burr Morse.

Guided Tours are available for a fee and last 20 minutes with a treat included at the end of the tour.

Motor coach tours are welcome and can be arranged with lectures, guides, and treats. During the fall, reservations are required but are appreciated year-round. Motor coach tours should allow for 1 hour with additional time allotted for shopping in the country store.

Sugar House is where the maple tree sap is treated and turned into syrup.

Woodshed Theater is made from sugar wood and shows a video about the Morse Farm sugaring process. There are also sugaring artifacts, and folk art in the theater.

Nature trails- There are trails through the maple trees for visitors to stroll.

The Outdoor Museum features a Vermont State House antique replica.

Country Store is a big hit for visitors year-round. Visitors can purchase all sorts of Vermont produce, folk art, crafts, and, of course, maple syrup here. There are also homemade jams, pickles, popcorn, Vermont cheese, granulated sugar, bacon, maple candies, gifts and sample boxes, books and much more. The Country Store selection is also available to be shopped online through the Morse Farm website.

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2.Seasonal Farm Visits

Seasonal Farm Visits
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The activities that Morse Farm offers vary with the seasons and are updated on their website. Visitors can expect to see many of the same offerings each year as traditions at Morse Farm however.

Winter- Morse Farm opens the Morse Farm Ski Touring Center for cross country and snowshoeing every winter. They also serve breakfast and other snacks, feature a fire place, a deck at the Sugarworks Gift Shop. They offer cross country ski lessons for individuals and groups and rentals of ski equipment.

Spring- March is the beginning of sugaring season and the busiest time for visitors to Morse Farm. Sugar on the Snow tasting happens in March where hot maple guar is poured over shaved ice and turned into taffy. The tasty treat is served with a fresh, homemade donut and visitors line up every year for these treats!

Summer- Morse Farm hosts several arts & crafts fairs, festivals, and local events during the summer which draw large crowds from all over the state and beyond. The farm stand offers fresh produce and lots of organic and locally produced offerings for the community.

Fall- The east coast is known for its amazing fall foliage and Morse Farm is no exception. From the third week of September through Columbus Day, Morse Farm is an ideal location for photographers and fall foliage tours. Maple creemies can be purchased and enjoyed while strolling the nature trails and exploring the museum and theater.

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1168 County Road Montpelier, VT 05602, Phone: 800-242-2740

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