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A ‘Super’ Experience at Winter’s Day on the Farm
MORRISTOWN, NJ – What’s ‘super’ about Sunday, February 2 in addition to the Big Game in East Rutherford? A Winter’s Day on the Farm! Catch the action from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township. Experience a day-in-the-life as lived by early 20th century farm families when the estate opens its doors to offer traditional, hands-on winter-season farm activities.

Climb aboard the open-air, tractor-pulled wagon for a memorable ride around the farm. Get up close and personal to meet the farm animals, including horses, pigs, chickens, cows, and sheep. Weather permitting, watch the famers harvest blocks of ice from the pond using unique 1900s, ice-cutting tools. Then witness the magnificent Belgian draft horse team, Calvin and Hobbes, haul ice by sled to the ice house at The Willows, the Foster family mansion. Pitch-in and help with another cold-weather job, and tap the maple trees to collect sap. Lend a hand with on-going daily farm chores, such as collecting eggs and sawing wood. When you are exhausted from all the farm activities, follow the scent of savory seasonal foods cooking on the wood stove at the Farmhouse kitchen.

Warm yourself inside the Visitors Center auditorium and watch a demonstration of weaving on a loom. Visit the Transportation Exhibit, and view Charles Foster’s Rockaway carriage, and Caroline Foster’s Model ‘T” Ford and Hupmobile. Be sure to try all the interactive displays. Admission to a Winter’s Day on the Farm is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $6 for children (ages 4-16), and $4 for children (ages 2 and 3). FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members. For more information please call Fosterfields, 973.326.7645.

The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!
Maple Sugaring
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Maple syrup is winter’s sugary treasure, and it’s not just found in Vermont. The sap is flowing and the sugaring season is underway at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. Come experience all the sweet sights and smells at one of the Maple Sugaring Demos held on most Saturdays and Sundays in January and February, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Experience the process from start to finish by identifying and tapping maple trees, collecting sap, and seeing syrup made over a wood-fired evaporator. Think you can identify the differences between maple syrups? Take a taste test of three distinct maple syrups, a store bought syrup made from corn syrup, a farm produced syrup made from sugar maple trees, and the syrup made from the red maple trees at the Great Swamp OEC. Let us know which one you enjoy the most! Admission is $3 per person.

The peak of the sugaring season is celebrated with the annual Maple Sugar Festival on Saturday, March 1, from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. Head outside and watch smoke billow from the evaporator and become entranced by the sweet smell of maple sugar as you savor a cup of hot, homemade apple cider. Experience making maple cream first hand and taste the final product. Kids enjoy a variety of crafts and games, and maple snow cones. Bring your friends and family and take a fascinating guided ‘Hike Through Maple Sugaring History,’ to discover how sugaring has changed since it was started by the Native Americans hundreds of years ago.

If you are thinking of making your own syrup at home, spiles are on sale along with easy instructions on how to get started. Purchase fresh, local, maple products from a maple sugar farmer and treat yourself to delicious food available for purchase. Festival admission is $4 per person, rain or shine. For more information please call the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center at 973.635.6629.

Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.