RUPERT - Merck Forest and Farmland Center will be holding their Annual Maple Celebration and Pancake Break fast as part of the Vermont Maple Sugar Maker's Open House weekend on March 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The breakfast honors the hard work that went into the year's sugaring operation, and it celebrates the outcome of sugaring - maple syrup. The public is welcome to attend.

There will be several activities at the farm over the weekend as well. On either Saturday or Sunday, take a wagon or sleigh ride up the Frank Hatch Sap House where the staff will serve MFFC-raised pork breakfast sausages, locally-grown eggs, pancakes drizzled with Merck's Vermont-certified organic syrup, coffee and juice. Everyone is en couraged to explore the workings of the sugaring operation as the the farm will be boiling over the weekend. Attendees are also encouraged to step over to the sugar maple tapping demonstrations, discover the farm, participate in the children's activities, and check the barn for newborn lambs. Attendees may also explore the farm's 30 miles of trails during their visit.

The cost of the event is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages four- to 12-years-old. Children under four will be admitted free of charge.

Merck Forest and Farmland Center's mission is to teach, demonstrate and sustain a working landscape. MFFC's 3,100-acre property, in the Taconic Mountains of southwestern Vermont, is open to the public daily.


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With no admission fee, the public is invited to spend time on the farm and enjoy the trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and horseback riding. Cabin rentals are also available year-round. MFFC also offers a variety of seasonal school programs.

Merck Forest and Farmland Center is located at 3270 Route 315 in Rupert.

For more information about the farm visit www.merckforest.org.