The Sweetest Day of the Year

It’s time for pancake lovers’ favorite day of the year; this Sunday marks the 30th annual celebration of Maine Maple Sunday. Around here, one of the first signs that spring is on the way is the appearance of sap buckets on maple trees. For backyard hobbyists, small family farms or major producers with tens of thousands of taps, by March maple syrup season is in full swing.


Peeking inside a sap bucket


And so, every year on the fourth Sunday of March, sugarhouses across the state open their doors to the public for syrup-making demonstrations, tours and free samples. Many farms offer games, live music, wagon rides and other family-friendly activities, and it’s a great time to stock up on locally produced syrup, maple candies and other tasty treats.




To be sure, Maine Maple Sunday offers a great opportunity to learn all about maple syrup production and its history here in our state. But for many of us, the best part of the day is a maple breakfast, available at dozens of family farms, sugarhouses, community churches and grange halls throughout Maine. These range from a simple stack of pancakes and a cup of coffee to vast buffets with eggs, French toast, baked beans, sausage and more. Many of us at L.L.Bean headquarters are particularly big fans of the impressive spread at Jillson’s Farm in Sabattus, but no matter what part of the state you’re in, you won’t have to travel far for a great meal.


Breakfast plate from Jillson's Farm


So whether you love maple syrup so much you want to put it in everything you cook or you just like a little drizzled over your oatmeal, be sure to visit your local sugarhouse this Sunday.


And if you can’t make it to Maine, why not pick up a quart of maple syrup, fire up the griddle and celebrate Maine Maple Sunday in the comfort of your own home?


Let us know: what’s your favorite way to enjoy maple syrup?


Maple syrup bottles

Special thanks to Jennifer Hazard at for the great photos!


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