March 19th and 20th 2011 brought about that Spring feeling with our local Maple Syrup tours. By far, our favorite sap farm to visit and tour is Hurry Hill Maple Farm in Edinboro, Pa.
This beautiful farm, located at 11380 Fry Road, as ran by Janet Woods who has taken the task to continue her family's production of yummy maple syrup products.
Why is THIS farm our family favorite? Its because of Janet.
Janet is a retired school principal and her social personality and knowledge is remarkable. Children and adults alike are attracted to her positive energy and the welcome feeling that shines through the entire farm and its volunteers. Janet provides a spacious and free roaming adventure upon arrival. Tractor hayrides and sometimes horses too, will take you back on a trail through the tall tapped Maple trees and leads right up to the sugar shack. There is a welcome tent for visitors with FREE hot maple chocolate to drink and other maple product samplings. Delicious Smith hot dogs are always available for sale and there is a tent for the little ones where they can sit and listen to stories be told. The sugar shack is an educational site where Janet gives a historical and informational talk about the Native Americans, the colonists, the history of the farm, and demonstrates how the syrup is made right there in front of an anticipating crowd. Little ones are drawn in and always full of questions. Janet engages them by involving them with hands on demonstrating and tasting, or course.
The boys scouts also have a demonstration on the premises utilizing a large black kettle and cooks the sap in similar fashion to what the Native Americans and colonists would have.
Upon conclusion at the sugar shack, one can take another hay ride back to the main house and museum or walk the beautiful path lined with blue bird houses. The museum is set up to be hands on and kid friendly with several stations of games and art projects. Maple products are offered for sale here as well.