Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: March 8, 2014

 

Celebrate Spring at Maple Magic Day, Natick Community Organic Farm, March 8th

 

 

Natick, Massachusetts (March 3, 2014) - Natick Community Organic Farm invites the public to celebrate all things maple syrup at its annual Maple Magic Day on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
 
Pancake Breakfast
 
Festivities begin with the Farmís annual pancake breakfast in the cafeteria of Memorial School from 8 AM to 11 AM at 107 Eliot St. (Joseph Ailinger Dr.), Natick, MA. Breakfast goers are treated to lots of yummy pancakes (wheat or gluten free) smothered in NCOFís own maple syrup while listening to the lively Dixieland jazz of The Clambake Five. Feel free to dance along; itís the perfect way to burn off that sugar rush. Check out the agricultural demonstrations, the nonprofit and local business fair in the foyer, and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of many raffle prizes. Tickets will be sold at the door at $8 for NCOF members, and $4 for NCOF child members aged 4 to 8. Tickets are $10 for nonmembers, and $5 for nonmember children aged 4 to 8. Save a dollar off your admission by walking or biking to the event or taking the off-site shuttle from Windy-Lo Nursery. NCOF memberships may be purchased at the door.

 

 

 

 

 

Maple Sugaring Past and Present Tours
 
After breakfast, head across the road for more sticky fun from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Natick Community Organic Farm Sugar Shack, which is located at the top of the Farmís driveway at 117 Eliot St. Natick, MA. Take a maple sugaring tour, learn about Native American and Colonial sugaring techniques, and experience how NCOF boils sap into syrup in its wood-fired evaporator. Lunch of hot soup, cider, and bread and bottles of maple syrup will be available for purchase. Maple Sugaring Tours are $7 per person, or $6 for people who have first attended the pancake breakfast. This event will be held rain or shine.
 
About Natick Community Organic Farm and Maple Sugaring:
 
Founded in 1975, The Natick Community Organic Farm is a nonprofit, certified-organic farm providing productive open space, farm products, and hands-on education for all ages, year-round. Committed to farming methods that are ecologically healthy and sustainable, the Farm places special emphasis on service to youth through year-round classes, work-experience programs and volunteer opportunities for working the land.
www.natickfarm.org
 
Every February, NCOF hangs collecting buckets on hundreds of sugar maple trees throughout Natick, Wellesley, Sherborn, and Dover. Sunny days in the 40s (Fahrenheit) and nights below freezing trigger the sap inside the sugar maples to run from the roots up to the buds. The Farm collects this sap with the help of youth and adult volunteers and concentrates it using its wood-fired evaporator. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. The start and length of the sugaring season is entirely weather-dependent, but usually lasts from end of February to the end of March. On average, the Farm produces 150-200 gallons of maple syrup a year, which it sells to the public to support its farming operation.
 
Educational Tours of the NCOF Sugar Shack
 
Visitors are welcome to stop by the NCOF sugar shack whenever steam is rising from the shackís roof, a signal that boiling is in progress. Forty-five-minute educational tours of the sugar shack are available to both individuals and groups of up to 20 people throughout the month of March. Educational tours are $7 per person; there is no charge for kids under 3. Advance reservations are required.
 
Call the Farm to check availability or book a tour for your family or school group please email Krista Feichtinger at
krista@natickfarm.org or call (508) 907-6019.
www.natickfarm.org
 
More information about NCOFís syruping operation can be found at
http://www.natickfarm.org/Pages/Maple_Sugaring.html

 

 Contact & Media Visits  

 

Media Contact: Trish Wesley Umbrell

Email: trish@natickfarm.org

Phone: 508 655 2204

Media Visits: Please inquire

 

Natick Community Organic farm

117 Eliot Street, Natick, Massachusetts, 01760

Web: www.natickfarm.org

 

 

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Celebrate Spring at Maple Magic Day, Natick Community Organic Farm, March 8th

Natick, Massachusetts - Natick Community Organic Farm invites the public to celebrate all things maple syrup at its annual Maple Magic Day on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Festivities begin with the Farmís annual pancake breakfast in the cafeteria of Memorial School from 8 AM to 11 AM at 107 Eliot St. (Joseph Ailinger Dr.), Natick, MA. Breakfast goers are treated to lots of yummy pancakes (wheat or gluten free) smothered in NCOFís own maple syrup while listening to the lively Dixieland jazz of The Clambake Five.  Tickets will be sold at the door at $8 for NCOF members, and $4 for NCOF child members aged 4 to 8. Tickets are $10 for nonmembers, and $5 for nonmember children aged 4 to 8. After breakfast, head across the road for more sticky fun from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Natick Community Organic Farm Sugar Shack, which is located at the top of the Farmís driveway at 117 Eliot St. Natick, MA. Maple Sugaring Tours are $7 per person, or $6 for people who have first attended the pancake breakfast. (508) 907-6019. www.natickfarm.org

 

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