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“Lots of products plus cafe, more touristy than others” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Montpelier
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Lots of products plus cafe, more touristy than others”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

There are plenty of places in Vermont to find maple products, and by that I mean plenty. It's everywhere. Morse Farm is a bit different.

For starters, it looks a bit like a cabin, so that's nice - you're still buying touristy stuff, but at least it's in a nice place. Beyond that, you have a very large selection of product. You can find maple (insert product here) of just about any variety, and of course you can find all sorts of other goodies too.

One thing that I really don't get - and this isn't a knock only on Morse - is that they have these jars lined up for jams or jellies or whatever, like you're buying something straight out of the field, and if you look at the label, it comes from several states away. I hate that.

Anyway, the other nice thing about Morse is that they have this little diner attached. You mosey up to the counter, place your order and then sit at the table and eat. Nice, right? Well, it could be. We happened to be there during "sugar on snow" season, which is when they are making their syrup (generally defined as the spring). It turns out that they pour the hot syrup on the snow, and you get this taffy-like mess.

Why is it called sugar on snow, when they use syrup? No idea. I mean it has plenty of sugar in it, but it's syrup.

What makes the whole process a bit of a mess is that you can order the sugar on snow, and it costs you $X. Or you can order the sugar on snow, plus a drink, and something else (bread? fruit? pickle? frankly, I don't recall everything involved) - and it costs you right around the same amount. If you should then decide, while placing your order, that you want to add a drink, and only a drink to your sugar on snow, it will cost you more than if you order everything. Go the distance, order the whole thing and just throw away what you don't want. Seriously. Strange but true.

Overall it's probably worth a stop if you haven't seen maple elsewhere, or if you haven't had sugar on snow elsewhere. But the odd snow-cone consistency (it's not really snow) with taffy on top is a bit odd otherwise.

Visited March 2014
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“Quick stop passing through”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

Stopped in while in the area. There was a small playground for kids. We found a nice place to sit and eat our ice cream. Had a lot of stuff for sale in store.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

It is very easy to find and right outside of Montpelier. We watched the video, and took the walking tour. We tasted the varieties of maple syrup. The Maple trail could be marked a little a better - at first I thought the trail ended but you have to go under the tubing to continue up the trail. That aspect of this place would be a problem for those with mobility issues. The kids enjoyed seeing the wooden sculptures. I can't imagine spending more than an hour here - unless you go during the time they are actually making the syrup.

Visited June 2014
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“Go your own pace kinda tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

Just a few minutes from downtown Montpelier, we drove into gorgeous, quiet maple countryside. Take your time to enjoy the little details here to better appreciate the sugar making.

We had my mom and our 4yo son with us. We started in the charming woodshed theater to see about a 25min DVD documentary from the 80s about how this farm family has made maple syrup for I think 6 generations. Pretty neat to us, for our 4yo, not so much.

After the DVD you can walk around the property and see the tree tubing and maples. There's several near spots for photo ops if you take the time to look. The shop was extensive and informative. I liked how you could sample the different grades before buying. We bought of course a small jug of 100% fancy maple syrup, but also some natural maple soda, and being a 2nd grade teacher, a book about maple snow (natural resources) for my students. We also bought "real" maple creemey (yum).

Nice way to spend a couple hours.

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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“Best syrup & maple candy around”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

On the surface they're not that different than most of the other sugar shack type place selling maple or VT themed goods. But having tried a lot of different maple syrups over the years, I've declared Morse to be my favorite. They're 5 minutes or so from downtown Montpelier - they're worth a quick detour if you're looking for top notch syrup and FRESH maple candy.

Visited June 2014
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