North Hadley Sugar Shack

Grocery Store | Ice Cream Parlor | Pancake House | Roadside Stand | Sugar House
One of the best

The North Hadley Sugar Shack has many things to recommend it. It is a picture-perfect farm stand in the Pioneer Valley where you can buy locally-grown fruits and vegetables at the peak of their season from summer strawberries to winter squash. When the sugaring season starts at the end of winter, the Shack hosts daily pancake breakfasts to show off the delicious maple syrup they make and sell. And until the weather gets warm, the maple cotton candy machine at the back of the store spins great clouds of edible sweetness. In the fall, count on a harvest moon festival of pumpkins, and in the weeks leading up to Christmas, this is the place to buy trees, wreaths, and gifts with a maple theme. (The Sugar Shack closes after Christmas through January.)

Starting in May, the small snack shop adjacent to the farm stand opens for business, and it is the snack shop that won our hearts, primarily for one thing: maple ice cream. This is a soft-serve ice cream only gently infused with maple flavor, and it makes one heck of a nice cone. An even better way to enjoy it is as the base for a maple-nut sundae: ice cream topped with a thick spill of pure maple syrup, whipped cream, walnuts, and a maraschino cherry. Also on the menu is a full array of hot dogs, hamburgers, and normal-flavored ice cream.

Ginny’s pies, available throughout the summer, in varieties that include peach, blueberry, and apple, are made from grown-here fruits and are farm house beauties.

Breakfast is served during maple sugaring season, February to April and also on weekends from mid-November through mid-December.

What to Eat
North Hadley Sugar Shack, Maple Nut Sundae
Maple Nut Sundae
A maple nut sundae at one of the Sugar Shack's picnic tables
Ginny’s pies
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7am - 7pm
Monday7am - 7pm
Tuesday7am - 7pm
Wednesday7am - 7pm
Thursday7am - 7pm
Friday7am - 7pm
Saturday7am - 7pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 156 MILES | 2 hr 45 min

Along the River

A drive along the Connecticut River is described as a one of "traditions, vivid history, deeply rooted farming heritage, call of the railroads, natural beauty, and recreation." And memorable Yankee fare in diners and truck stops, at farm stands and sugar shacks, and in town cafes.

Hadley to Sunderland

These three towns…

Summer, Fall, Spring
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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