Real Maple Syrup: From our trees to your plate.

A sugar shack (French: cabane à sucre), also known as a sugar house or sap house, is a small building or group of buildings where sap is collected from sugar maple trees boiled into maple syrup. They are often located on the same land as the sugar bush and intended to produce maple syrup by traditional hands-on methods.

Historically, sugar shacks are a product of Native American and European ingenuity. The indigenous tribes first practiced maple sugaring, which became a tradition adopted by early settlers to North America throughout the 17th century. The syrup was produced for trade or sale and personal use during the cold months of Winter. 

The busiest period for sugar shacks in Maine’s Kennebec Valley region is during the thawing period of early spring. Beginning in late February or early March—depending on the weather—the sugar maples are tapped, and the smell of wood smoke fills the air as the sap boilers spring to life. Lucky for visitors to the area a wide variety of maple products are available for sale at these local producers, grocery stores, and farmers’ markets year-round.

Local Maple Producers

Arnold Farm Sugar HouseHilton Cemetery Rd., Jackman
Bacon Farm1427 Pond Rd., Sidney
Cobbs Hill Sugarhouse945 North Rd., Mount Vernon
Echo Valley Farm / Wilson Family Maple Syrup652 Benton Road, Albion
Haulk’s Maple882 Lakewood Rd., Madison
Hay’s Maple Shack54 Lords Hill Circle, Athens
Luce’s Pure Maple Syrup54 Sugar Maple Dr., Anson
Maine Maple Products Inc.449 Lakewood Rd., Madison
Mike’s Maple House8 Gayton Ln., Winthrop
North Star Orchards97 Orchard Rd., Madison
Poulin’s Maple Syrup319 Windsor Neck Rd., Windsor
Raider’s Sugarhouse148 Bog Brook Rd., China
Sawyer’s Maple Farm276 Long Pond Rd., Jackman
Smith Brothers Maple Syrup52 Rowe Rd., Skowhegan
Strawberry Hill Farms LLC163 Rowe Rd., Skowhegan
Tessiers Farm337 Malbons Mills Rd., Skowhegan

Map of maple producers

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