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Written by JP Skyler on 12 Mar, 2001
Snow's Sugarbush farm is a family owned maple syrup farm in Mason, MI. Mason is an excellent example of a small farm town in mid-Michigan. Driving to Mason and anywhere in Mason, you can lose yourself in rows and rows of corn and wheat…Read More
Snow's Sugarbush farm is a family owned maple syrup farm in Mason, MI. Mason is an excellent example of a small farm town in mid-Michigan. Driving to Mason and anywhere in Mason, you can lose yourself in rows and rows of corn and wheat fields. The horse and cow population outnumber the human residents of the town.
Snow's family farm was highlighted in "Style" Magazine Feb edition. We became interested in visiting the farm after reading the article.
The first stop on the farm is a tour of the maple syrup factory. Mr. Snow purchased the farm in a run-down state when he was a young man. Now with his grandchildren helping him to run the farm, other farms from all over the area bring their maple tapings to the Snow farm for processing.
Maple trees are taped in the spring when the whether is still unsure of its aim. The freezing and thawing of the trees helps the maple sap to flow more freely. At the farm, Snow employees (mostly family members) show how the taping is accomplished and from there, how the syrup is boiled down and bottled.
The Snow restaurant (all you can eat for $6) is only open until late spring as is the little snow store (where I fell in love with maple candies - they melt in your mouth!)
We had a wonderful time learning about the history of maple syrup production, even back to Native American who were the first to use the sweet juice of a tree. We wondered around the petting zoo and watched several small children ride around on midget ponies. This was a lovely Sunday afternoon and it came just in time - the Michigan winter has just broken and we were anxious to shake off our cabin fever.