Events

Maple Festival

the second and third weekends in March

The Highland County Maple Festival, the second largest in the country, is held the second and third weekends of March every year.  We encourage visitors on our farm to stay awhile and enjoy the sights and sweet smell of this special time of year. However don’t be surprised if you are asked to jump in a help carry fire wood from the shed or check the tanks for sugar water, either way you’ll be glad you stopped by.

Hands & Harvest Festival

October 09-11, 2020

Hands and Harvest festival is another sweet event were we open our farm to folks interested in the heritage of making apple butter.  We start the weekend event off on Friday morning with an apple peel.  Visitors are strongly encouraged to help with the task of peeling 20 bushel of golden delicious apples that will be cooked down into some thick, tasty apple butter on Friday and Saturday. As if that’s not enough the smell of homemade apple pies baking and homemade vanilla ice cream would certainly cure any sweet tooth!!!  October11-12, 2019

Educational Workshops

September 13th, 2019 2 PM-8 PM $10.00

Friday afternoon join us for a walking tour of our farm and learn more about the sustainable management activities we are currently implementing to improve the health and productivity of our farm.  Learn from state and federal agencies the benefits associated with each of these practices as well as cost share opportunities available for private landowners. Tree Farm representatives will also be available to share the American Tree Farm Standard of Sustainability so you may also become a member.  After the tour join us for dinner and celebrate being awarded Virginia’s 2019 Outstanding Tree Farm.  To register click here

September 14th 9 AM – 4 PM

The second in a series of three workshops focusing on the maple syrup industry will include Forest Management for increased sugar water production.  Jamie Schuler of West Virginia University will explain the benefits of a properly managed sugar bush and how this will increase not only your yield but also add to higher sugar contents.  The second half of the day will be spent with Les Ober of Ohio State University Extension learning more about grading regulations and proper density of the finished product.  A dessert contest will round out the day! Participants may bring a favorite dessert  with maple syrup in the ingredients and win prizes donated by H2O Innovation, CDL Maple and Leader Evaporator  

Registration fee of $20.00 includes lunch and workshop materials.

In 2018 we hosted Tim Wilmot, a maple researcher who worked for the University of Vermont and Dominion and Grimm a maple supply company, in August 2018 for an informative weekend discussing the innovations of smaller diameter tubing systems for maple producers.  This workshop hosted thirty individuals interested in a natural vacuum system for their maple sugar stands. 

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