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Maple Sugaring

Saturday, February 17 & 24 | 10:00–4:00

Children's Craft: "Bean Soup Gift Jar" (11:00–3:00)

The time of freezing nights and thawing days has come...and the smell of maple syrup is in the air! Help farmers collect sap in the woods, make syrup in the sap house, and taste whole wheat pancakes. Lunch will also be available for purchase.

Visitors can also learn how to bring the operation into their own backyards, with tree tapping demonstrations.  Dress for the job: the work has sweet rewards, but it can be muddy, icy, and windy in the sugar bush. 

Maple Sugaring (January–March)

What is sap and why is it in the tree? Can you tap any tree to make syrup?  Enter the sugarbush areas to tap trees, collect sap, and learn about the different modern and historic sugaring methods used in the woods. At the sugar shack, see a working evaporator and learn how the final steps in the process have changed in the last century.

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Sheep Shearing (March–April)

Watch up close as a farmer shears a sheep by hand. Meet ewes and lambs in the barn and find out why special pens are sometimes needed for a mother sheep and her newborn. Learn how raw wool is cleaned, and prepare clean wool for spinning using cards to straighten the fibers. Try your hand at spinning yarn and weave a souvenir to take home.

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27  Ice Harvest

Ice Candle


3   Tap the Sugar Maples

Paper Mold

10  Old-Fashioned Valentine's Day

Victorian Valentine's Day Card

17  Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugar Horse

24  Maple Sugaring

Gift Soup Mix

70 Woodens Lane

Hopewell Twp., NJ 08530

Main: 609-737-3299
Fax: 609-737-6524

U.S. Mail
101 Hunter Road

Titusville, NJ 08560

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Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission

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