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Maple Leaf

This barn quilt block design, adapted from a popular 1880 design, symbolizes the maple syrup production that flourishes at this town-owned 104-acre agro-education site managed by the New Milford Youth Agency. High school and college students participate yearly in tapping maple trees throughout southern Litchfield County. The young interns then produce maple syrup in late winter in a traditional process at the handsome onsite sugarhouse. The landmark barn, on which the barn quilt block is hung, was built in 1869 by William Sullivan. He was the great grandfather of Jake Sullivan, who sold the farm to the Town, stating in the deed that the farm always be used in benefit of the community. The L-shaped barn housed a milking dairy until the mid-1980’s. Today, in addition to maple syrup, interns at the repurposed farm, which is deeply loved by town residents, grow a wide range of produce. It is sold at the onsite farmstand, through area farmers markets and in local specialty grocery stores.