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Ioka Valley Farm Maple Sugaring Tour
March 15, 2014 10:30 am
March 15, 2014 11:00 am
February 6, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 10:30 a.m. – Join us for a late winter visit to beautiful Ioka Valley Farm. We’ll enjoy a tour of Ioka’s maple sugaring operations, sample the different grades of syrup in the sugar house, and receive an education on the differences between syrup grades. Tour participants will receive a coupon for 40% off brunch or lunch in the Ioka Calf-A, good for Saturday, March 15 or Sunday, March 16, in addition to a coupon for $2 off any local product at Wild Oats Market (such as Ioka Valley Farm maple syrup and Ioka beef). To sign up for the tour or for more information, please contact marketing@wildoats.coop or call 413-458-8060.

Ioka Valley Farm was established in 1936 by Bob and Dot Leab, who raised five children on the farm. In 1966 their son, Donald, took over. He and his wife, Judy, brought up their three children on the farm. Daughters Heather and Kate are both married and live nearby. Son Robert and his wife, Melissa, represent the third generation of Leabs to work on the farm.

Ioka is a diversified farm, with seasonal offerings that include Christmas trees in late fall/early winter; maple syrup in later winter and throughout the year; strawberries in summer; and pumpkins in fall. The farm raises beef year-round. Cattle are pasture raised, spring through fall, and their diet is supplemented with Ioka’s own ground corn. During the winter months the animals are housed in a loose housing, free stall environment with free choice hay and Ioka’s ground corn. Ioka is located on Rt. 43 in Hancock, Mass., just around the corner from Jiminy Peak Resort.