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Syrup, foliage draw sugar house visitors

By Carolyn Zachary | Oct 13, 2020
Photo by: Carolyn Zachary Shelley Farris, co-owner with Josh Knipping of Back Ridge Sugar House, 107 Boston Road, Winterport, poses Oct. 10 with two bourbon whiskey kegs of mellowing maple syrup.

While it didn't pull in the crowds typical of a Maine Maple Weekend in March, this year's rescheduled event Oct. 10 and 11 attracted a steady flow of masked visitors to the two sugar houses open in Waldo County — Back Ridge Sugar House in Winterport and Kinney Sugarhouse in Knox.

Both have recently expanded their sugar houses, nearly doubling floor space. In addition to the usual array of maple products for purchase, Back Ridge has added bourbon maple syrup, aged in bourbon whiskey kegs. Kinney specializes in maple confections, and, in addition to maple sugar candy, offers light, amber and dark maple syrup, maple cream and more.

The weather cooperated with two beautiful, sunny days and local foliage at or near its peak, and some sugar house visitors were enjoying Saturday and Sunday drives as well as maple sweets.

The open houses were held in conjunction with the Fall in Love with Maple North American Maple Tour Oct. 9-18, sponsored by Maine Maple Producers Association. Sugar houses will be open again next weekend, Oct. 17 and 18, around the state.


MaryAnne Kinney, right, co-owner with husband Lee of Kinney's Sugarhouse, 200 Abbott Road, Knox, waits on customers Oct. 10 during the rescheduled Maine Maple Weekend. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
MaryAnne Kinney, co-owner with husband Lee of Kinney's Sugarhouse in Knox, explains the workings of their maple syrup evaporator Oct. 10 to visitor Bill Durborow of New Jersey. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Josh Knipping and Shelley Farris, owners of Back Ridge Sugar House in Winterport, take a break from greeting maple syrup customers Oct. 10 during the rescheduled Maine Maple Weekend. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
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