March 27, 2020

This year will go into the record books for the least sales ever for maple producers, including us with the cancellation of Maple Month and Maple Weekend.  This new COVID-19 virus hit everyone’s sales.  And it will be very hard for some to recover from the losses.  Many producers run farms as well and Maple Weekend was the only time they really got enough visitors to their sugar houses to sell their crop.  Once the weather is better they have animals, crops, repairs and other work that needs their time and attention from sunrise to sunset.

There is hope that things will improve over the spring and summer so things may return to a more normal way of life by fall.  In that hope, the NH Maple Producers are in initial stages of planning a fall maple event to replace Maple Weekend so that producers can sell the syrup they’ve made this spring.  The season still isn’t over in NH and many producers will be making syrup for another week or more.

Stay safe and we wish you and your families the best during this difficult time.

Brian and Sue

March 16, 2020

Closed Maple Weekend 2020

With regret we are closing for Maple Weekend this year due to the COVID-19 risks to all.  Our customers, friends and family are all very important to us and we want to do our part in following the guidance put forward by our State and National officials to limit the spread.  The CDC has just recommended no gatherings of 50 or more.  While we’ll miss the camaraderie and enjoyment of the day seeing old friends and meeting new, there is no substitute for safety.   Your health is everything so the saying goes.  So we offer our best to all for continued wellness while we wait for the virus cycle to ease and things can get back to a more normal lifestyle.

Best Wishes,

Sue and Brian

March 11, 2020

We’ve been having a pretty decent season so far this year.  February production was an all time high for us.  Brian was out straight last week with all the sap that ran day after day.  The warm spell we’ve had the past couple days gave him a chance to catch up.  This weekend we will be open as usual 12-4pm Saturday and Sunday March 14th & 15th.

Maple Weekend 2020

This year we will not be doing the usual Maple Weekend activities due to the nature of the COVID-19 concerns.  Maple weekend can’t happen without the help from many of our family members and there are several who are in the At-Risk population.  Our family is our #1 priority and there’s always next year.

We will have hours that weekend just for picking up some product.  No Ice Cream and no samples.   Sorry!!

10-4pm Saturday and Sunday Mar 21 & 22.

 

February 6, 2020

One thing we’ve learned in 30 years of sugaring is you never know what’s going to happen any given year.  The weather in January had things warmer than usual and even before that temps had been mild.  So when Brian put a test tap in the tree out back as usual, it was not a real surprise to see the sap running in the middle of January.  But the sugar content was still pretty low so he held off tapping.  But the more recent weather patterns have pushed things along so he decided at the end of last week to tap half the trees we usually tap.

This week he’s had enough sap to boil for 3 days in a row and sugar content in the sap is up over 2%.  So we’ll see how things go.  In a couple weeks he’ll tap the rest of the trees so we should have a full 6 weeks to collect from those trees before the tap holes start to close up or the season ends.  Who knows what will come first!  Stay tuned.  I’m sure there’ll be plenty of surprises along the way.

 

 

 

 

November 10, 2019

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Holiday Open House 2019

It seems that Fall is leaving us all too soon this year.  With snows anticipated in the next few days it will feel like winter is making an early start.  But if you like the winter outdoors fun like skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing you can get pretty psyched at what’s to come.  

In just a few weeks we’ll be having our Holiday Open House on December 7th and 8th.  Don’t miss this years selection of our handmade and decorated fresh balsam wreathes. Brian is getting ready to get them made and Mom and I are anxious to get the decorations tucked on and bows put in place.  This year we even had a little design help from our granddaughter so it’s really great to have the next generation looking to join in the creativity.  

Don’t forget we’ll have our usual Pure Maple Syrup and products for sale along with the specialty items.  And gift giving can’t be any easier than picking up one of our Maple Gift Baskets for under the tree or for Yankee Swaps, Hostess Gifts, Coworkers and more.  How can you go wrong?

And remember you can always give us a call weekdays if you need to make arrangements for another time.
Tel 603-370-0908
 

March 24, 2019

Maple Weekend – Mission Accomplished

What a weekend we had this year.  Beautiful weather both days, despite some wind on Saturday.  We could not have been happier welcoming all the folks who made their way to ours and many other sugarhouse this weekend and the last several during Maple Month.  It just shows that New Hampshire Maple Syrup is holding its own in the hearts of many as a natural and nutritious sweetener for pancakes and so much more.  And we can’t forget the H-U-G-E THANKS we owe to everyone who came for their patience in lines and their consideration in using all the trash baskets.  Not a scrap of trash on the grounds anywhere!  Nicely done folks.  

And heartfelt thanks to our awesome family who can’t be beat!  Mom, who grinds out all those samples you enjoy, Megan at the checkout, Tyler and Kristy on Ice Cream, Lynn, Terry and Kaiya helping with chasing supplies and samples back and forth.  And Simon, who was the wood master, keeping his grandpas wheelbarrow full for boiling all weekend!  We love them all and could not do this without their support.

Best Wishes to All.

Brian and Sue