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Lamothe's Sugar House offers tours this weekend

The evaporator at Lamothe's sugar house
The evaporator at Lamothe's sugar house

The first weekend of March always signals maple-sugaring time in New England. In Burlington Connecticut, Lamothe’s Sugar House, on 89 Stone Rd. is ready to welcome guests this weekend to watch the maple sugaring process. Visitors are invited to take a free tour this Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 4: 30 p.m. Tours will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays through the month of March. A highlight of the tour is the explanation of how maple syrup is made which is demonstrated right before your eyes.

Lamothe’s is Connecticut’s largest sugarhouse that was established in 1971. They started their sugaring venture with a mere 7 taps, today, Lamothe’s has over 4000 taps and 15 miles of plastic tubing that carries this precious liquid to their state of the art sugar house whose centerpiece is an enormous stainless steel evaporator.

In addition to maple syrup and pure maple candy, Lamothe’s offers a number of unusual maple sugar products perfect for food lovers. There is a savory sugar and spice mixture as well as a spice rub that is a delectable blend of maple sugar and secret spice that are perfect on pork, chicken and beef. There is a maple sugar barbeque sauce as well as maple mustard and marinara sauce. New this season is Lamothe’s freshly made maple taffy. For snacking, the maple kettle corn, maple sugar coated almonds and decadent maple fudge are winners.

For people that want to collect and make their own maple syrup Lamothe’s offers a selection of maple syrup supplies from containers and covers for sap buckets to felt filters and wire ties.