Make Traditional Vermont Maple Syrup

Townshend, Vermont, United States

Cooking experience hosted by Robert

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Your group (up to 10 persons) will learn the process of making maple syrup from sap. I will guide you through a tasting of this years syrup and explain how to grade maple syrup. We will then try some sugar on snow you will never forget!

Maple sap runs when the days are above 38 degrees and the nights are below freezing. If the sap is not running, I will boil water (sap is 97% water) for the class if sap is not running during the class. If the dates that we have listed don't work for your time frame, just send me an email and I can see if we can find another time for your truly Vermont experience.

We will have a maximum of 10 people since the sugar house is small and We require all participants to be masked even if Vaccinated against Covid 19, we are not a giant production house that does thousand of gallons per year. Children under 5 are free. We at most make 50 gallons, most of which I bottle in my handblown glass!
Other things to note
Part of the experience will be outside to see how sap flows from the tree into lines hung on maple trees. Inside the sugar house, we'll have the evaporator boiling (sap in season water when not in season)
Your group (up to 10 persons) will learn the process of making maple syrup from sap. I will guide you through a tasting of this years syrup and explain how to grade maple syrup. We will then try some sugar on snow you will never forget!

Maple sap runs when the days are above 38 degrees and the nights are below freezing. If the sap is not running, I will boil water (sap is 97% water) for the class if sap is not running during the c…

What's included

  • Food
    You will get to taste different grades of maple syrup, and have sugar-on-ic...

Meet your Host, Robert

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 192 Reviews
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I have been producing small-batch award-winning Taft Hill Farm maple syrup for more than 25 years. Come have a tour of our maple bush and sugar house, and taste our maple syrup. Our Historic (President Taft's Father born here) mountain-top farm is nestled along Sadawga Brook and has old-growth maple trees that have been here for 250+ years.

Taft Hill Farm got its name from Peter Rawson Taft, the grandfather of President William Howard Taft. Alphonso Taft was born at the farm in 1810 and was President Taft's father. I have been farming this land since 1993 and I love to share my passion for farming in all seasons.
I have been producing small-batch award-winning Taft Hill Farm maple syrup for more than 25 years. Come have a tour of our maple bush and sugar house, and taste our maple syrup. Our Historic (President Taft's Father born here) mountain-top farm is nestled along Sadawga Brook and has old-growth maple trees that have been here for 250+ years.

Taft Hill Farm got its name from Peter Rawson Taft, the grandfather of President William Howard Taft. Alphonso Taft was born at the farm in 1810…
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About the organization: West River Community Project



The West River Community Project, housed in the West Townshend Country Store on Route 30 in West Townshend Vt, was established in 2010 to help foster the revitalization of our community in the West River Watershed. First, we wanted to create a public place to gather, make music, celebrate events and show art. We wanted to support sustainability and local development in the local foods movement.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to West River Community Project.
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Where you'll be

Where we'll meet
Taft Hill Farm Sugar House
Townshend
We will meet at the sugar house by the side of the brook. Look for a black pick-up truck with a Parking sign on the back. It is on the left side of the road 1/4 mile before you come to our farm house. We'll take a look at our sugar bush and see how sap comes of the trees. If you are coming from the north set your GPS to Townshend. When you get to Townshend Common reset your gps to our address! If not it will take you over a 4 wheeler trail!

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 192 reviews.

  • Mychelle
    December 2021
    This experience is a must when traveling to Vermont. It is both educational and DELICIOUS. Robert is very passionate and enthusiastic. He has so much knowledge and insight on the maple sugaring industry. He is captivating and so personable too. We learned much more than expected and were intrigued the entire time. Being able to taste the sap was quite an unexpected treat. It is nothing like one would imagine. The award-winning, top-rated syrup that Robert produces from this sap is a true delicacy. It has such incredible depth of flavor and the smoothest mouth feel. Our group of 10 ranged in age from 7-64 and all of us truly enjoyed this experience.
  • Robert
    December 2021
    Awesome experience. Robert is a great storyteller and obviously very passionate about his craft. Hands down the best maple syrup I’ve ever had in my life! Nothing has ever even come close.
  • Wendy
    December 2021
    One of the best parts of our trip to Vermont. A perfect experience for anyone interested in the maple syrup process or nature and history. Would 100% recommend.
  • Asmaa
    December 2021
    We learned so much about the history and process of making maple syrup. We also got to sample different syrups snd sap. Robert was clearly very passionate about maple syrup which made the experience more fun.
  • Amy
    December 2021
    This experience was awesome. Robert was full of interesting facts and history that I had never heard before. And we were awed to find out that making maple syrup has changed over the years, and will continue to change. It was fascinating, and the sap and syrup were fantastic! Thanks, Robert!
  • Beth
    December 2021
    This experience was fascinating. My family really enjoyed and couldn’t stop talking about it the rest of our trip. Robert was extremely well-versed in his craft and the syrup was like none other I’ve ever tasted. We highly recommend!

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