Chestnut Hill Farm Maple Tap-a-thon and Fest: February 11 & March 25

by beth on January 27, 2017

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Above: Last year, a Chestnut Hill Farm worker prepared for a maple festival by tapping the trees to collect sap. This year, they are holding an event for that, too. (image from photo posted to Facebook)

Chestnut Hill Farm is promoting two upcoming events for maple syrup lovers. One is an educational “Tap-a-thon”¬†that also helps them prepare for the other, a fun, yummy festival.

Maple Tree Tap-a-thon
We’ve got trees and you can tap’em!

Come to the farm for this hands-on workshop and learn about tapping trees for their sap and syrup. We’ll explore different tapping techniques and work together to get our maples flowing. Come back at the end of March to taste the sweetness of your labor at our Maplefest!

To help us prepare for this unique event, registration strongly ecnouraged.

When: Saturday, February 11, 2017, 11AM-1PM
Where: Chestnut Hill Farm, Chestnut Hill Road, Southborough, MA 01772
How: Pre-registration is requested
Price: Member: $9; Nonmember: $15

Maplefest!
Come enjoy all things Maple at our winter festival! 

We’ll be processing some of the maple sap we’ve gathered since our Tap-a-thon and sample delicious syrups, candies, and other treats. We’ll also have crafts and games to keep everyone nice and warm.

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11AM-2PM
Where: Chestnut Hill Farm, Chestnut Hill Road, Southborough, MA 01772
How: Pre-registration is not required
Price: Member: $5; Nonmember: $10

1 Jonas January 27, 2017 at 11:12 AM

Where does the admission fee go?

Trustrees of Reservation is a non profit with over 150 employees. They seem to front end many of these gatherings at cost, throughout the year. Are they using the parcel of land which residents are taxed upon?

2 beth January 27, 2017 at 2:29 PM

I assume “the parcel of land which residents are taxed upon” refers to the conservation restriction on Chestnut Hill Farm the Town purchased. I can’t say which parcel that is but believe it is irrelevant. The point of the restriction was to preserve the land for uses like the farm, rather than development. The fact that there is an active farm there with public events (sometimes free, sometimes not) is something most people are happy about.

I think your real issue is you believe the event fees are too high. The question of what the TTOR does with its funds are best directed to them, not through blog comments.

I will say that they apparently own over 100 reservations, some of which are working farms like Chestnut Hill. So I’d be surprised if they had less than 150 employees.

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