CIDER PRESSING 2021
Brookfield Bees will be pressing cider on Saturday September 25 and Sunday September 26 2021. We usually do this with an open house, but because of COVID that will not be happening in 2021. However, if you are looking to purchase some delicious unpasteurized cider made from local apples, please stop by after 4:00 PM on either Saturday or Sunday.
2021 has been one of the best apple years ever, and we have made the most of it. In all, we have gathered about 3 tons of apples from approximately 25 trees in our neighborhood. The apples were so abundant this year we had to make some additional boxes where the apples could sweat for two weeks.
Prices for fresh cider are $7/gallon and $4/ half gallon. Boiled cider (cider syrup) will be available next week at $12 for 12 oz or $15 for a pint. For those interested in making hard cider bring your carboy. We can fill up a 5 gallon container at a discount.
For directions see our Contact Us Page
Maple Sugar Open House March 21, 22 2020 Is Cancelled at Brookfield Bees
We have been looking forward to this year’s Maple Open House. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, we believe that it is the best interests of those who would be our guests, as well as ourselves, to cancel the event. The idea of a group of people gathering in a small room to do food tasting just does not sound like a good idea.
Should anybody want to come and pick up some of this year’s delicious maple syrup, simply give us a call to set up a time.
This year we tapped the weekend of February 22 hoping that the weather forecast of warm days would give us a good flow. We did get enough to boil, but the first day was filled with fixing things that had broken, and just as we started to take off our first syrup, we ran out of sap.
However, things are now looking up and it seems like we will be boiling away during the VMSMA open house weekend.
Brookfield Bees will once again be participating in the Vermont Maple Sugar Manufacturer’s Association Maple Open House Weekend. The dates are March 21 and 22, 2020. Come and visit our operation between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM on either day to see how delicious maple syrup is made. You can take a maple facial by simply inhaling the steam, sample sugar on snow, try the different grades of syrup to see which one you like the best, and enjoy hot mulled cider and other treats.
We collect from both buckets and tubing and boil on a wood fired arch. There is no vacuum, no automatic draw-off and no Reverse Osmosis. Just good old fashioned Vermont maple syrup. On your way just up the road you can stop at the Fat Toad Farm store (787 Kibbee Rd) and pick up some of their award-winning caramel.
While you are here, you can try some of the recent honey samples we collected on a trip through southern Vermont
Sugaring season is mud season, so we advise your car has at least all wheel drive, as our roads get pretty muddy. From Exit 4 of I-89 follow Rt 66 East for about a mile. Turn left onto Ridge Road. Go 1.3 miles to N. Randolph Road and turn right. Go 1.8 miles to Curtis Road at Neighborly Farms and turn left. Go 1 mile to Kibbee Road and turn Right. Go 1.1 miles (bearing right at Y after Fat Toad Farm) and look for Brookfield Bees sign 1148 Kibbee Rd.
Call 802 276 3808 if you need more info
Brookfield Bees and Holiday Markets 2019
Just in time for all your holiday shopping! Brookfield Bees will be participating in the following holiday markets:
Friday December 6, 2019 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Northfield Common Tree Lighting and Winter Market on the common in Northfield.
Saturday December 7, 2019 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Randolph Elementary School in Randolph
Sunday December 15, 2019 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Northfield Middle-High School in Northfield
Brookfield Bees will have the following products for sale: Honey, Maple Syrup, Boiled Cider, Beeswax Candles, Shea Butter Skin Therapy, and Soap.
Cider Pressing Open House October 13 and 14, 2019 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
It is early fall and time to get ready for cider pressing. 2019 has been a banner year for apples and there will be no shortage of varieties to include in our cider. The picking is all done and the apples are sitting in boxes developing sugar. Grinding and pressing will begin the second weekend of October.
Brookfield Bees will be open for visitors from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Sunday October 13 and Monday October 14 for those who want to see how our cider is pressed and boiled. In addition to cider and boiled cider we will have honey, candles, soap and maple syrup available for purchase. There will be apple-related snacks and cider tasting for free.
Prices for fresh cider are $7/gallon and $4/ half gallon. Boiled cider or cider syrup is available at a price of $11 for 12 oz or $14 for a pint. For those interested in making hard cider bring your carboy. We can fill up a 5 gallon container at a discount.
For directions see our Contact Us Page