Scenes of Farm House
The Sugarbush Farm house was built about 1865. Here it looks lovely with Fall colors.
A new snow fall makes everything look beautiful.
Sugarbush Farm decked out for the Holidays.
Spring brings maple syrup, melting snow and mud.
Farmhouse in the summer, stone wall dates back to 1890
Everyone on the Sugarbush Staff is proficient at many tasks including gift box making, cheese cutting, waxing and labeling, taking care of the animals (including chasing cows that escape from the pasture), taking orders, explaining maple sugaring to visitors and keeping the farm store stocked. It takes many busy hands to package 50 tons of cheese, welcome 40,000 visitors to the farm and ship out about 11,000 packages a year. (photo taken by Leslie Luce, Office Manager, shown below)
Inside the Farmhouse
Folks getting to enjoy tasting the grades of maple syrup.
Hand waxing cheese to keep it fresh for travel and shipping.
Shopping in the farm store (previously the kitchen, living room and dining room of the original Ayres family).
Visitors are able to taste several varieties of cheese and the maple syrup.
A rack of our original smoked cheese after being in our smoker for 3 days.
Little folks making friends with our goats.
Our "snow fall pole", snow fall varies from 55 to 125 inches in a winter season. This pole records total snow fall. Luckily snow does settle down so it's not that deep when we are out in the woods walking in it.
Sugarbush wedding chapel decorated for a Fall wedding.
This sign on our farm chapel sums up our Family's beliefs.
Sap looks like water and drips very slowly - sort of like a leaky faucet.
Our maple sugar house with steam from the evaporating of the water during the boiling season. It takes a lot of wood to boil down the sap into syrup!
Larry and Betsy, sons Jeff and Ralph and grandchildren Tim, Liz, Sierra and Jake (not in that order), (missing granddaughter Emily, away at college)
Ralph explaining the maple syrup boiling process.
Jeff and daughter Liz, shipping out holiday gift packs.
Larry and nephew Matt, hanging plastic sap lines from tree to tree.
Sugarmakers, Jeff (left) and Ralph (right)
Betsy and Larry in farm store (former family living room) with folks from Texas.