(This colorful flag welcomes people to the Calf-A restaurant at the
Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock, Massachusetts.)
Have you ever noticed the difference in taste between real maple syrup and the kind sold in supermarkets? It's like night and day.
Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock, Massachusetts, is a year-round farm that has all kinds of offerings for visitors.
Families with children love going there as there's always something to do from picking strawberries in the spring to selecting Christmas trees in December.
At this time of year, scores of visitors go to the Calf-A restaurant to eat pancakes, waffles, French toast and other yummy dishes with maple syrup made right at the farm.
Here are huge vats where sap is stored.
At Ioka Valley Farm, a huge oil-generated evaporator is used to boil sap into syrup, as well as a small, wood-burning one.
It's a really beautiful place and an extremely hard-working family runs it.
You can read all about them and more about the farm here: http://www.iokavalleyfarm.com/
There are all kinds of maple products available for sale at the farm including yummy granola and, of course, all different grades of maple syrup.
Everyone at the farm is friendly and makes visitors feel welcome, incuding the great big snowman, shown below.
It's a great place to visit so if you are ever in Western Massachusetts, be sure to stop by Ioka Valley Farm!
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN HOW MAPLE SYRUP IS MADE?
DO YOU LIKE THE TASTE OF REAL MAPLE SYRUP?