Sunrise Farms is a 5th generation family owned and operated farm nestled in the hills of Colrain, Ma. Joseph Jr. Lively started the farm in the mid to late 1800s when French Canadians migrated to Colrain to work in the cotton mills.
They worked the land, logging to supply the lumber for the mills and farming to feed the workers. They would tap the Maple trees with hand-crank drills, gather sap with buckets and horse-drawn sleds. Boiling was done by the light of oil lanterns and the evaporator was fueled by wood . Eggs were poached in the back pan, and coffee was made with sweet sap.
Back in those days the French Canadians liked their syrup “the darker the better” Rocky remembers his “Meme” (Grandmother) making Galettes, a French Canadian fried dough made with maple syrup.
Even though the land has seen a lot of change over the years, the Livelys still believe in tradition. Like their ancestors sold their syrup to mill works, the Livelys take their maple products to local farmers markets. Today the farm is run by Rocky and Marilyn Lively ( 4th Generation), Erik and Jordan Lively (5th Generation).