Ambler farm events warm up winter

Ambler Farm’s popular winter programs for families, Maple Syrup Tap-a-Tree and the Valentine’s Tea, are now open for registration to members only. To register, visit amblerfarm.org and follow the links. Registration for non-members, space permitting, will begin on Jan. 15.

Food drive

In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20, Ambler Farm is holding a food drive to benefit Wilton Social Services. Paper goods, cleaning supplies, personal care items and non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the White Carriage Barn between the hours of 9 and 2. Collectors ask no items have expiration dates sooner than six months.

Tree tapping

Those interested in learning the science and history of maple syruping may participate in a hands-on part of the process. There are two training sessions offered — 10 a.m. or 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8 — only one session is required for training.

Participants will choose a tree and hang their bucket that will collect sap. Later, they will collect the sap, which will be boiled down in the sugar shack. Each family will go home with their very own bottle of Ambler Farm maple syrup.

Sap season runs from early February to mid-March. Maple syrup production is winter farming and therefore weather dependent. A typical season is five weeks long. For those traveling during February or March, farm staff will collect sap for them.

The cost is $60 per member family, $65 per non-member family.

Valentine’s Tea

Spend a cozy afternoon with your little Valentine at our annual Tea!  Enjoy platters of  sandwiches and sweets take center stage at Ambler’s annual tea celebrating Valentine’s Day. Children may also make a craft to take home. Tea will be served Sunday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 4. It usually sells out quickly so early reservations are recommended.

The cost is $20 per adult and $10 per child.