B&E’s Maple Open House
Saturday March 16, 2019 1-5pm
We’ll be hosting an open house in the midst of maple season, the most exciting time in the woods. We’ll be giving tours of the farm all afternoon with a Maple Cocktail Hour to follow. Taste maple syrup hot off the evaporator, tap a tree, and come along for a day of adventure! We know some of you come to our open house every year, and others are visiting for the first time. Scroll down to find answers to our most common questions. You can stay up to date by checking our Facebook Event. If your question isn’t answered here, feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
So Where exactly is the farm?
The address of the farm is 30904 Rognstad Ridge Road, Cashton WI 54619. Please pretty please don’t drop in for a visit outside the open house date without prior arrangement— we’re often way out in the woods or not at the farm at all. We will have signs up from the main route (Hwy 27) and we recommend taking that route in, since some of the back roads were washed out in the 2018 summer flooding. The driveway is unpaved and may look like a field road to nowhere, but trust the signs and you’ll find us!
what is new this year?
This year we have a few new and exciting things going on as a part of our open house. First and most exciting: We will have a limited supply of Central Waters Maple Barrel Stout on tap! This is is beer Central Waters makes with the maple soaked bourbon barrels after B&E’s has finished with them. It is still a very limited release, so come here to be one of the few lucky ones to get a taste!
As always we will have guided tours of the woods and sugar house, as well as a self-guided loop. Visitors can help tap trees, learn about old fashioned and modern syruping practices, and taste samples of everything, from fresh sap to our barrel aged syrup. There will be outdoor games, plenty of space to run around after a long winter.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
Maple farming is very much in the elements, so pay attention to the weather when dressing for a visit. We recommend wearing clothes you would be okay getting a bit muddy, and plenty of warm layers! Boots are advised if you plan on doing any of the woods tours. We will have some food and drinks available at the farm, but you are more than welcome to bring your own picnics to enjoy. If you have any outdoor hobbies feel free to bring your accessories— cameras, hiking poles, crampons etc.
how much does it cost?
Our open house is free and open to the public! Donations are appreciated to help cover costs. Food, beverages, and B&E’s Trees Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup will be available for purchase, as well as some fun B&E’s merchandise like our tee’s and hoodies.
We love dogs and are happy to have them at the farm, so long as they follow a few simple rules. Dogs are not allowed in the sugar house, since it is a food handling location. We also request all dogs be on leashes, and if your pooch is behaving in a way that makes other people or pets feel uncomfortable, we do reserve the right to ask you to leave. Lastly, be kind to your fur baby. The elements out here can be rough, often cold and damp. Please plan your time out to the farm accordingly, so that you and your pet have the best time possible!
I’m from out of town, where should I stay? What else should I do?
Although our area is rural, we have an abundance of great local accommodation. There are plenty of AirBnB locations, including our neighbors just down the road at the Mielke Way and Plumbfield Stable. A few locally owned establishments are:
Vernon Inn and Suites (about 20 minutes from the farm in the charming town of Viroqua)
Kickapoo Valley Ranch Guest House (about 25 minutes from the farm, right next to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve)
Justin Trails Resort (beautiful rustic resort about 25 minutes from the farm)
Viroqua Heritage Inn (about 20 minutes from the farm in the charming town of Viroqua)
Westby House (about 10 minutes from the farm in nearby Westby)
Old Towne Motel & Restaurant (about 10 minutes from the farm in nearby Westby)
There is plenty to do in the area, even after you are all mapled out. Some of activities include:
Dining at the Driftless Cafe, run by James Beard Honoree Luke Zahm.