Frequently Asked Questions about Visiting During the Sugar Season
(mid-February to the end of April)
Who IS Sugar Moon Farm? Scott, Quita + daughter Samara (11) + a bunch of fabulous part-time + full-time staff. We've been here over 20 years. Go here for a little bit more info.
So what is the sugar season? Although we're open year round, activity ramps up around the end of February when we prepare for the sugar season. It's an intense period of freezing and thawing during the months of March and April when we collect the clear sap from our sugar maples and boil it down to make maple syrup. During this time, the farm restaurant and sugar camp are hopping! Hundreds of visitors come to eat, tour, hike, try sugar-on-snow and shop.
Do you take reservations? Not on weekends. You can just show up any time we're open. go HERE for tips on visiting during this busy season.
Do you charge admission? No charge to visit.
Can I come during the week? Yes! Go HERE to find out about weekday reservations.
Are you open during NS March Break? Yes...go HERE for details.
Are you dog friendly? You can take dogs on lead on the Rogart Mtn Trail. We do NOT permit dogs around the farm itself, including up to the sugar woods and up the road toward our house. We have working livestock protection dogs and electric fences. Make sure you pick up after your dog - we do not have waste disposal.
Do you take Group or School Bookings? Yes - year round! Go HERE to find out our tours.
How much are Tours and when are they? $5 for adults; $3 for kids 6-12. Preschoolers free. Private tour (max 20) $100. Indoors, in our sugar camp. Hourly whenever we are open. Sign up out front.
Can we actually see the taps and the trees? Yes. You can hike up the hill behind the restaurant/sugar camp about 15 minutes to the "sugar woods" where the trees and tubing and original sugar camp are located. The sap runs by gravity down the hill to our working Sugar Camp where the tours take place. While we have a lot of snow, you'll definitely need snowshoes. It's a rugged trail - nothing groomed, a couple of brooks to cross - but worth the effort.
Can we watch you make maple syrup? Yes, if we're boiling, you can watch. Tours take place whether we are in production or not. Mother Nature determines when the sap runs, so we can't always predict when we'll be boiling and making syrup. We typically boil 12 to 16 times in 3 to 6 weeks. Follow the Sap Journal.
Do you pour hot maple syrup on snow (sugar-on-snow)? Yes! During our Open Hours we make "sugar-on-snow" at fairly regular intervals in front of the sugar camp between 10 am and 4 pm. $2/stick. We also do it for groups, schools and reservations during the week.
We love the outdoors and hiking and snowshoeing. Do you have anything we can do along those lines? Definitely. Check out our Outdoor Recreation page for details about some fabulous trails and snowshoeing and skiing, as well Snowshoe rental and Trail conditions.
Can you suggest any accommodations in the area? Yes! Go HERE to find out about where to stay.
Do you have any Chef Nights during the season? No. Our next Chef Night is May 13.
I'm gluten-free (egg-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, nut-free). Do you have anything on your menu that I can eat? Yes! Go HERE to view our Sugar Season Menu. Talk to your server. We offer gluten-free pancakes (cooked on the same surface); our sausages and bacon are gluten-free; we offer gluten-free Organic Hot Rice + Quinoa. In summer we have even more. Egg-free pancakes are easy to make. And if you're dairy-free, you can bring your milk-alternative of choice and we can substitute. Vegetarian? Our maple baked beans are vegetarian. Nut-free? We use pecans in our granola and as topping on some pancakes and sliced almonds on our hot cereal. We do not use any nut oils. Life-threatening allergy? We’re so sorry but we cannot promise that there will not be any cross-contamination.
Can I call you and talk to someone? We're not generally available to answer the phone, even when we are open. However, we do try to return messages within 2 days. So if you are trying to get a quick answer, it's better to email. firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry...but we are still a small, family-run operation and don't have fancy answering systems and full time admin staff!
Scott, Quita, Samara and Staff