Sugar Camps Indiana

Some call it a woods, others a farm, but maple sugar producers call their production area a “sugar bush,” or “sugar camp,” and Indiana’s second annual Maple Weekend will open sugar camps around the state so guests can see how trees are tapped, how sap gets to the sugar house and how it becomes maple syrup and other maple products.

Eli Kuhns, owner of Kuhns Farm, will demonstrate custom maple syrup cooking using evaporators and finishing equipment his family uses in extensive syrup production. Guests will see modern sap collection and how advances within the maple industry are helping to revive a lost American tradition. They also will smell and taste syrup hot from the evaporator, enjoy the free tour and be able to purchase the freshest-possible maple products.

The event will involve sugar makers with sugar camps able to accommodate visitors, however most venues will be rustic, and all will be muddy due to the spring thaw impacting the ground as much as the sap flow. “Guests should dress appropriately for an outdoor, spring event and expect an eye-opening experience,” Hamilton said. “Sugar making is a lot of fun for anyone who enjoys being outdoors in the early spring, and we encourage guests to visit two or three sugar camps in their area.”

David Hamilton- Rutherford Sugar Camp 6025 N County Rd 100 E – New Castle-Henry
Silas Beachler-  Beachler’s Sugar Bush 9569 S 600 E Claypool- Kosciusko
John Kuhns- Sunrise Metal Shop 3070 W 350 S Topeka -LaGrange
Eli Kuhns- Kuhns Farm 235 1st Road- Nappanee-Marshall
Ethan Zimmerman- Zimmerman Sugar Bush 6262 E 18th Rd -Argos- Marshall
Michael Bell -Hinkle-Garton Farmstead 2920 E 10th St- Bloomington- Monroe
Bennie and Aaron King- Maple Cliff Farm 10924 N 750 E- Waveland- Montgomery
Rebecca and Arthur Harris- Harris Sugar Bush 999 E CR 325 N -Greencastle -Putnam
Lisa and Kevin Hart- Maplewood Farms 3737 N Philomath Rd- Brownsville- Union
James Enser-Sweet Tree Farms 2095 E 400 S- Wabash- Wabash


Some are participating 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Others, such as the Kuhns Farm, in Nappanee, will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday only.