Harvest Hosts is an incredibly unique RV membership program. Through this program, members are granted access to 5174+ host locations across North America for overnight accommodations with no camping fees. To support each of these businesses, members typically make a small purchase of wine or produce or whatever it is that the business is selling or offering. Locations include establishments such as farms, wineries, breweries, museums, restaurants, attractions, and more. Bacon Farm Maple Products is a great example of one of our awesome hosts. Located outside of Augusta, Maine, this farm has been tapping and producing their own maple products for six generations. Find more RV camping in Maine here.
Continue on to learn all about:
- The history of Bacon Farm Maple Products
- The business today
- When they joined the Harvest Hosts program
Bacon Farm has been in the Bacon family for over 100 years, starting with its founding in 1891 by Henry Otis Bacon. It began as a dairy farm, with maple syrup production taking place in the spring to supplement the dairy business.
The process of making maple syrup is quite lengthy. Bacon Farm typically begins tapping their 3500 trees in mid-February, taking nearly a month to complete this process. After collection, the sap is safely stored until it’s time to begin the boiling process. Each year, on the fourth Sunday in March, also known as Maple Maine Sunday Weekend, spectators gather at the farm to watch the syrup-making process unfold. Over the course of several hours, the sap begins to turn to a golden color, and finally the brown, sticky product that we all know as maple syrup emerges. Did you know that it takes about forty gallons of sap to create just one gallon of maple syrup? This process is tricky yet so rewarding once all the syrup has been made.
The Business Today
Kevin and Shelley Bacon are the present-day owners of Bacon Farm Maple Products. With the help of their son Nathan, they continue to produce high-quality maple products, as is the family tradition. Their store offers a variety of maple syrup sizes with many treats available. Their treats include candied nuts, whoopie pies (the maple variety is incredible!), candies, maple sugar, and more. They also offer delicious maple soft serve ice cream on-site, available with toppings like nuts or even bacon (don’t knock it till you try it!).
Joining Harvest Hosts
Locals and out-of-town visitors have been enjoying the Bacon Farm for decades. However, about a year ago, the owners opened up their property to a new type of visitor: RVers. Harvest Hosts members from all over have enjoyed sampling their products and sharing these treats with their loved ones. The property is serene and quiet, and there is an electrical hookup to use if desired. This Harvest Hosts location has five reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size.
I personally had the pleasure of visiting the Bacon Farm in May of 2021 on a road trip through New England. The delicious maple products and beautiful and serene setting made for an excellent and relaxing Saturday. My dogs enjoyed a nice walk around the farm. I also bought them some new bandanas at the farm shop. After spending some time at Bacon Farm, I continued on to Misty Acre Alpacas about ten minutes down the road.
Bacon Farm Maple Products is an incredible Harvest Hosts location in central Maine, perfectly displaying the uniqueness of the Harvest Hosts experience. Be sure to stop by on your next trip through New England.
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