Aldermere Farms hosts free Sap-to-Syrup program

ROCKPORT – Cabin fever setting in? Looking for a sweet pick-me-up? During the month of March, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) invites all ages to try out making maple syrup from scratch (i.e. sap) at Aldermere Farm, 70 Russell Ave in Rockport. Individuals or groups may sign up to assist with the collecting sap on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-4:30 PM.

Individuals who are looking for a more in-depth, hands-on experience, and don’t mind a little heavy lifting, may sign up to volunteer to assist where needed (hauling buckets of sap, tending the evaporator, boiling, and finishing the syrup, etc.).

In keeping with health officials’ recommendations, face masks are required, and space is limited so appropriate social distancing can be maintained. Participants must dress for being outside for an extended period in the cold. There are no public restrooms at the farm.

Sap flow is weather dependent. Early registration is recommended. Registration is open until March 5th and is available online at

Aldermere Farm is a preserve of Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Sap-to-Syrup and other community programs at Aldermere are free to participants thanks to generous support from donors.