On Saturday, March 25, at 10:00 a.m. Windham Regional Woodlands Association will sponsor a tour of the Bunker Farm Sugarhouse at 857 Bunker Road in Dummerston, VT.
The Bunker Farm is a family-run Vermont farm that produces naturally raised meats, annuals, perennials, and maple syrup. The farm is also an agricultural educational center for students and the community. Bunker Farm, in the heart of Dummerston, is 170 acres, 100 of which are woodlands. The old sugarbush, which the family brought back into production, is 16 acres, contains 1100 taps, and includes beautiful old sugar maples that are more than 100 years old. The family also collects sap from a nearby leased property, setting 3300 taps. The new sugarhouse, converted from part of an old barn, has a Leader Special evaporator that is fired with wood harvested on the farm. Using sustainable tapping methods, combined with the latest in maple technology, the aim is to harvest sap in a way that will keep the sugarbush healthy and productive for many more generations.
Sugar season at the Bunker Farm is a busy and fun time, and the family invites you to join the action. Watch the boiling process, visit with the farm animals, take a tour of the working sugarbush, and sample the delicious syrup, which won Best In Show at the 2016 Maplerama tasting competition.
This event is family-friendly, free, and open to the public. From Brattleboro, go north on Route 5 (Putney Rd). At the traffic circle, continue north on Route 5 for 3.7 miles. Turn left at School House Rd. After about 1 mile, turn right on Miller Rd. After 1.8 miles, bear left to continue on Miller Rd. Make a right at a stop sign onto Bunker Rd. The farm is on the left.