March is flying by – and that means it’s time for Maine Maple Sunday and New Hampshire Maple Weekend, on March 23 and 24. Whether you have a sweet tooth or you just need a reason to celebrate the end of winter, this is an event you won’t want to miss.
Maple syrup producers all over the northeast – like the Lloy family of Balsam Ridge in Raymond, Maine – are getting ready to share the taste of spring and all they know about this famous New England confection.
Michelle Mulcahy has been welcoming Balsam Ridge visitors in a bright red maple leaf costume on Maple Sunday for six years. As Martin Point’s manager of member services, she knows a thing or two about treating people right.
“Balsam Ridge is family-owned and run,” explains Michelle. “We all look forward to maple Sunday all year long.”
The farm is owned and operated by Dewey and Sharon Lloy, whose daughter Nicole works at the Martin’s Point Health Care Center in Portland. Her husband, Steven Brooks, also works at Martin’s Point as a sales associate. Both will be helping out this weekend. While Michelle, does the meet and greet, Nicole and Steven will be at the griddle, flipping pancakes.
If pancakes don’t tempt you, never fear: “The maple whoopie pies and other snacks are out of this world,” says Michelle.
Find a sugarhouse near you!
Ready to get out this weekend and celebrate this sweet tradition? Use these links to find locations, directions, and more: