Saturday, March 28th – 11:00 a.m.
Bensch Mountain Maple in Newfane, Vermont
The annual WRWA Sugar House tour will be hosted by Bensch Mountain Maple in Newfane. Bensch Mountain is a unique facility in that it is a brand new facility built in 2018. It is a state of the art facility that still has that “traditional sugar house” feel. The sap for the sugar house is trucked in from two diverse maple orchards, one in Stratton and the other in Brookline Vt. The drastic climate difference between the two locations gives an early start and late finish to the sugaring season. There are 18,000 taps spread over the two locations
The 4000 sq ft building constructed in 2018 is a post and beam structure using all native lumber harvested from both sugar bushes. The sap is run through a Reverse Osmosis machine then boiled on a wood fired evaporator. It is laid out to to be public friendly with lots of space for visitors to learn about all the steps to the process.
Directions: Bensch Mountain Maple is located on Route 30, north of Newfane village and south of Townshend. You can’t miss it with the steam pouring out from the traditional sugar house cupola.