Bunker Farm Sugarhouse
Saturday, March 25, 11 AM. Sugarhouse Tour at Bunker Farm Sugarhouse, 857 Bunker Road, Dummerston, Vt.
The Bunker Farm is run by two families with expertise in raising naturally raised meats, annuals, perennials, and maple syrup. The farm is also an agricultural educational center for students and the community. Located in the heart of Dummerston, the farm is 170 acres, 100 of which are woodlands.
The old sugar bush, which the families brought back into production, is 16 acres, contains 1,100 taps, and includes beautiful old sugar maples that are more than 100 years old. Sap also is collected from a nearby leased property with 3,300 taps. The new sugarhouse, converted from part of an old barn, has a Leader Special evaporator that is fired with wood harvested on the farm. Using sustainable tapping methods, combined with the latest in maple technology, the aim is to harvest sap in a way that will keep the sugar bush healthy and productive for many more generations.
Sugar season at the Bunker Farm is a busy and fun time, and the families invite you to join the action. Watch the boiling process, visit with the farm animals, take a tour of the working sugar bush, and sample the delicious syrup, which won Best In Show at the 2016 Maplerama tasting competition. This event is family-friendly, free, and open to the public.
From Brattleboro, go north on Route 5 (Putney Road). At the traffic circle, continue north on Route 5 for 3.7 miles. Turn left at School House Road. After about 1 mile, turn right on Miller Road. After 1.8 miles, bear left to continue on Miller Road. Make a right at a stop sign onto BunkerRoad. The farm is on the left.