If you’re looking for legit maple syrup in Vermont, the quiet and quaint Morse Farm in Montpelier is the perfect place to visit.
When I was researching things to do and eat in Vermont, maple syrup was, of course, very high on my list. Any time we visit someplace new, I always try to seek out and bring home the food items that that region is most known for.
So maple syrup, of course.
Funnily enough, I rarely use it myself. I don’t like pancakes or waffles, but the kids do. I’m not sure they can quite appreciate the difference between the “good stuff” and the garbage, but side-by-side comparisons, and getting a chance to visit a maple farm certainly help with that education process.
We had to go through downtown Montpelier to get to Morse Farm, as it sits a little on the outskirts of town. Montpelier was quite adorable. Quaint little boutiques and eateries and very much a small town vibe that was, surprisingly, bustling.
I took careful note of everything in the downtown area because, at the time, our car wasn’t terribly happy. I don’t know what was wrong with it, but that day in Montpelier was the first mechanic and garage we had seen on our trip, so I paid attention to where they were located, and what we could occupy ourselves with nearby, should they need to work on the car.
Thankfully, it wasn’t necessary.
Following the Waze directions to the farm, there were some hills and windy roads, and then eventually a gravel path led us to the farm’s entrance. It’s a little under three miles from the downtown area, not far at all.
Plenty of parking on the farm’s grounds, and as we encountered nearly everywhere during our week in Vermont, beautiful scenery as far as the eye can see.
The farm is an eight generation maple farm, and they are the oldest maple family in Vermont. While you’re there, you can walk amongst their maple trees, taste four grades of maple syrup, and check out the fun wood sculptures throughout the property.
There is a rather large gift/general store that showcases more maple products than you ever knew existed … which provided the perfect place to buy items for the families that were watching our dog and cats.
And, ok, for us too.
There is also a little food counter where you can try the farm’s maple creemee (like a maple-flavored soft serve ice cream), which was featured in Food & Wine’s magazine as one of the “75 Best Food Buys in America.” My kids had it and pronounced it delicious. No surprise there.
The farm is also more than just maple syrup. It is also home to a herd of beef cows, sheep, and Otis the goat!
There is also a cute little enclosed picnic area in the back, perfect when you just want a quick snack.
It made for a fun visit, with a little bit of learnin’ to boot. If you happen to be in the area, or plan to visit Vermont, be sure and add it to your list.
Hungry for more to do in Vermont?
Our visit to the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury was a delicious way to start the day.
Also in Waterbury, the Cabot cheese shop is right down the street and worth checking out.
The Vermont Country Store was an awesome stop and the last thing we did before heading home.
Our trip kicked off with a stop at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory.
Random photo dump of our week in Vermont.