If you are in the Woodstock, VT area, you might want to check out the Sugarbush Farm. I did not get a chance to go there yet, but they seem to have a lot of interesting fun and interesting things to show you. They make maple syrup and cheese, and have a number of farm animals: a new baby calf called Oscar, our twin goats, Rhode Island Red chickens and of course Larry’s huge Belgian draft horses. Sounds like a tasty back road adventure to me!
While it’s only 3 miles off US Rt 4 in mid Vermont, those 3 miles take you from the busy town to an out of the way working maple syrup, cheese and animal farm. The town-maintained road is gravel not black top and the views of the Green Mountains are spectacular, they say.
Sugarbush Farm is a 550-acre family farm started in 1945 by the Ayres family. Their 2nd and 3rd generation children and grandchildren are now running the farm, tapping 7,000 maple trees, selecting, aging and smoking 15 varieties of cheese, and welcoming visitors from all over the world who want to learn more about farming. The 1865 farm house has become an area for cheese packaging, sampling for cheese & syrup tasting, shipping for thousands of gift packages. The kitchen and living room of the original family is now converted into a farm house store!
Folks say when you step into the back door of the cheese sampling room, you feel like long lost cousin coming back to the family farm. Each family is welcome to a personal tasting of all the cheeses, along with explanations of how it’s made, how to keep it while traveling and at home, and how to serve it. Right now they still have some of that 8-year old Super Wicked Sharp Cheddar Cheese (what a name!) and they say it’s “great”!
And there is also maple syrup sampling. You can all 4 grades and experience the difference in taste as the syrup season progresses. Maple sugaring was much better this year than the previous two and so they still have plenty of each grade.
During the warmer months of the year there is lots of learn outdoors. The maple sugar house is busy with actual syrup making in the spring and during the rest of the year it’s converted into a educational building with lots of graphics, machinery, and a video so folks can learn how syrup is made and how it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. You can also walk the maple trail to see where trees are tapped in the spring. When weather is warm, Luce’s farm animals are brought out. There is also plenty of room for a picnic and room for kids to run and play. While many farms in Vermont have been lost to development, it’s the Luce’s goal to keep the family farm a successful working farm by welcoming visitors and educating them about local products.
Sugarbush Farm is open every day from 9 to 5.
591 Sugarbush Farm Rd
Woodstock, VT 05091
1 800 281 1757