Shelburne’s Gould’s Sugar House celebrates 60 years of making maple syrup

Franklin County

The Gould family has sold and served maple syrup for 60 years, welcoming customers to enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch menu.

It’s almost that time of year when Gould’s Sugar House in Shelburne makes its batches of pure maple syrup. But colder temperatures have kept the Gould family from tapping their trees sooner.

“Sometimes we’ve made syrup in February and we kept hoping we were going to make it this year in February, but this past week and 10 days have been awful no matter where you were,” said Helen Gould, owner of Gould’s Sugar House.

Mrs. Gould said they need temperatures in the 40s for the sap to run. With warmer weather on the way, Gould told 22News, they’re preparing the taps to kick off their 60th sugaring season.

Some families have been going to Gould’s Sugar House for more than 50 years.

Charlotte Lekain of West Springfield told 22News, “We come at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, but sometimes more. And we travel the 70 miles roundtrip just to come here for pancakes and to see Helen.”

“It’s a family tradition, we love it for that reason and everybody here is so nice, it’s so great to see them every six months. And the pancakes and bacon, and the syrup just to die for,” added Karen McInerny of Monson and Lekain’s daughter.

Mrs. Gould told 22News they’re hopeful for light syrup this season.

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