Saturday, February 06, 2016 - Tree Tapping


Sugaring season is apon us. Join our crew working the farms 150-tree sugar bush operation. Enjoy the work, fun and rewards of helping tap maple trees, hang sap buckets and cut firewood for the use in syrup making.




The sugar maple is first choice for making maple syrup as there is more sugar in the sap compared to other speicies, meaning it will take less sap to produce a gallon of syrup. Those of you interested in making syrup at home can get pointers and hands-on experience during our tree tapping workshops. How to identify the sugar maple, and when to tap will be discussed. Taps and buckets needed for backyard sugaring operations are available for sale in the farms Visitors Center.

The Sugar Maple

Scientific Name: Acer Saccharum

Height: 50-80' tall

Fall Color: Red, Yellow, Orange




Farmers Jim and Bobby will demonstrate the tools and equipment used in both traditional and modern production systems in the sugarhouse where sap is made into syrup. Visitors to the sugarhouse can sample maple syrup and try their hand at making a homemade tap.





Homemade Food:
Maple Baked Beans
Shephards Pie
Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Soup

Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission with the support and assistance of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm. The farm is an educational facility open to the public that preserves and interprets farming life and processes from the era of 1890-1910. Howell Farm is a proud member of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM).

This website is a project of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm and the text and graphic contents of this website are © 2019  by The Friends of Howell Living History Farm.

Howell Farm is located at - 70 Woodens Ln.   Lambertville, NJ 08530

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