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About the Farm


Sugarbush Farm in October Splendor

Sugarbush Farm is a 550 acre hillside farm located in central Vermont. The Luce's are the second, third and fourth generations to live on this land. Jack and Marion Ayres bought the farm in 1945 with a dream to make a go of country living. They were the first folks in Vermont to start packaging cheese in waxed bars so they would travel well without refrigeration. By 1975 the Boston Globe wrote about Sugarbush Farm "At the end of a scenic Vermont road lies a Cheese Lovers paradise." In 1995 the American Cheese Society awarded Sugarbush Farm a Blue ribbon for the best smoked cheese in the country.

Today the farm is operated by Betsy, the Ayres's daughter, her husband Larry and their sons Ralph and Jeff. It's the Luce family's goal to keep the farm a working active operation. The future looks bright for the fourth generation with 5 grandchildren learning good working habits on the farm.

The Luce Family Second, Third and Fourth Generations.
left to right Ralph, Betsy, Larry, Jeff, Elizabeth, Sierra and Caleb in the back. 



Elizabeth with her daughter Everly (the Fifth generation), being taught how to cut and wrap the cheese


Granddaughter, Sierra and Caleb with their 2 dogs, Porter on the leash and Bishop in her arms. 

Our farm year follows the seasons both with farm work and the schedule of work inside with visitors and mail order of our cheese and maple syrup business.

We are open year round...January and February are the quietest months but we hear from many mail order customers. March and April are spent making maple syrup and shipping out the new crop to our customers. 

Late spring and summer are very busy at the farm with cutting and drying hay and we get many visitors coming to the farm to learn about maple sugaring, to taste the cheeses and to enjoy our beautiful view and animals.

Fall is the most beautiful time in Vermont with hundreds of people visiting each day and many packages being shipped home. 

November and December are very busy months with thousands of orders going out for the holidays and many folks coming to our farm store for the gifts. 

Betsy's parents Marion and Jack Ayres, founders of 
Sugarbush Farm in 1948 making maple candy 
and packing syrup.