Managed by the Friends of
the Farm at Hilltop
Just a few days ago the groundhog indicated that there are only six weeks of winter left. We hope that you are safe and healthy in these winter days and look forward to when we can visit with you at Hilltop Farm. 
Thank You!
For those of you who donated to FOFAH during the Annual Appeal. Thank YOU!
So many of you have been so generous over the years with your supporting donations, and volunteer hours to Hilltop Farm.
Thank You
Upcoming Events at Hilltop Farm
FOFAH is planning several outside, socially distanced events at Hilltop Farm through the year.
Here is a listing of some of our events for 2021
Maple Sugar Boil - March 7

A Community Event of Maple Sugar Making
You can tap your sugar maple tree, and contribute the sap for a community Maple Sugar Boil from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Scroll down this page for further details.
Monster Tag Sale - June 12
FOFAH will be leasing spaces for you to sell all your old treasures. Help will be needed for parking. details will be available in March.

Also this the same day as the Annual CT Open House at Hilltop.

Antique Motorcycle/Hendee Day - July 24
FOFAH Annually Acknowledges the anniversary of George Hendee's birthday. This is a celebration of antique motorcycles and especially Indian at his beloved Hilltop Farm.
FarmFest 2021 - September 7
FOFAH's Celebration of the Farm!
This is a fun day-long Celebration of the Farm featuring regional agriculture and demonstrations.
Octoberfest -Barn Dance - October 1
A celebration in the Barnyard with Food Trucks too! This will be a Friday evening ticketed event and part of the continued Suffield's 350 Anniversary!
You can be part of the fun for any of these events by being a Volunteer or Sponsor. More details on these events will be on our website  or call 860-758-0668.
Maple Sugaring at Hilltop Sunday, March 7th from 11-2
Although maple sugaring may happen once a year, the sweet taste of maple syrup and sugar can be enjoyed year round. It is often a community event. The process of making maple sugar, or sugaring, starts with collecting the maple sap from the trees in the late winter.

Once the sap is collected and has been strained, it is time to boil. This is a long process because the boiling sap must be watched to prevent it from boiling over or burning. 

The general rule of thumb is that it takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup. The sap is mostly water and a large quantity of steam is produced in the reduction process. Once it reaches desired density, the syrup is filtered for removal of sediments and then bottled. Sometimes the syrup is boiled further down to get maple sugar.

If you would like to see the boil join us at Hilltop Farm on Sunday, March 7 for 11:00 AM to 2PM. 
From February 12-15, 2021, Join the Count!
2021 Great Backyard Bird Count

The Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

FOFAH challenges birders of all levels of skills and experience to come to Hilltop or go to your own back yard. Simply log on and register. Then, tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 12- 15. 

You simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see, from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish!

Scientists use information from the Great Backyard Bird Count, along with observations from other citizen-science projects, to get the "big picture" about what is happening to bird populations. 

The Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

Final Words
  • FOFAH was recently awarded a grant from the Connecticut Ornithology Association for bird friendly plantings near the Boardwalk.
  • Heather Hitchcock of The Essential Canine will be enrolling owners and their dogs for training in early Spring. She is a FOFAH Partner at Hilltop Farm. Contact her for further details at 413-218-2367
  • When you visit the Farm, please remain on the trails and avoid walking in areas that is being farmed. Also, during your visit, please follow all CT COVID-19 Protocols.
PO Box 372
Suffield, CT 06078-0372