April 5, 2017

Maple Season Sign-Off

It’s another one for the books.  Monday Brian started pulling down buckets and finished up today.  Overall, despite weird weather swings, we had a better season than last year.  20% better – not too bad!  So it’s on to bucket washing, scrubbing the evaporator clean and then Brian will be on to prepping next years wood.  Dropping trees, cutting, splitting and stacking a dozen cord or more to dry over the summer for next year.

Summer Farmers Markets start up in May so look for us at the Newburyport Market located at the Tannery every other Sunday starting May14th.

Thanks to you all who come to share and enjoy the maple sugaring experience with us.  We truly love to be able to share our passion with everyone and hopefully provide a little maple education in the process.

Happy Easter and have a fun summer.

Brian and Sue

 

March 27, 2017

Maple Weekend Thanks

Once again Maple Weekend was a huge success.  Many thanks to all those who came out both days for the open house event.  Despite the weather on Saturday, we had almost as many folks as Sunday!  Each year we are thankful to all those who come who are patient when things get busy and have to wait a bit. Everyone is wonderfully understanding while Brian and I and our family strive to make sure everyone enjoys their visit.

Our deepest thanks and love to our family members who make this all possible –  Megan, Tyler, Kristy, Terry, Kaiya and Jeanne who man the register, scoop the ice cream, restock shelves and prep thousands of maple samples – well done all.

NH MAPLE WEEKEND

 

NH Maple Weekend Open House

March 25th 10am to 5pm & 26th 10am to 4pm

Once again we look forward to welcoming visitors to our sugarhouse for NH Maple Weekend.  The “tours” we offer are in the sugarhouse and FREE!  Brian goes over the maple production process from start to finish over and over all day long.  So if you come in part way through just wait a bit and he’ll come back to the beginning.  Questions are always welcome anytime.  There are trees tapped close by to check out too both in the yard and down a short path.  And be sure to check out the Maple Leafs with Maple Trivia questions to test your knowledge.

In the store we’ll have a variety of samples of maple products to taste and buy.  And it would not be Maple Weekend without Maple Ice Cream Sundaes.  Those will be on sale too  ($2.00 ea) with your choice of maple walnut ice cream from Blake’s Creamery (made with real maple syrup) or vanilla ice cream for those who’d prefer that, topped with our own fresh maple syrup and real whipped cream.

As always we’ll have a special table set up with some handouts for the adults and kids in the crowd as take-aways from your visit (while supplies last).

PARKING: Crowds can be expected so please try to park only on the right hand side (our side) of Candia Road or on Sheepwash Road a short walk before you get to our place.  The driveway and parking area are dirt and can be muddy so proper footwear is encouraged.

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February 20, 2017

 

Be sure to join us one weekend soon to get a taste of traditional sugaring in NH.  Hours will be 12 – 4pm each weekend and will be expanded if conditions permit.

We’ll offer tours of the sugar house, process and products whether we are boiling or not.  As always there will be samples to try and products to buy.  This weeks sap had great sugar content so we are off to a good start.  Please, bear with us if we ask for a few more weeks of cold to keep the season going through March!!

 

February 19, 2017

Brian collected yesterday afternoon for the first time this year.  He was off again at 7 am collecting today and will hopefully finish collecting by noon.  We will be open from 12:30 to 4:30pm today and welcome anyone who wants to stop in for our first boil of the season.  Obviously we won’t have syrup yet but we can all enjoy some sugaring talk and get our fill of the sweet maple steam rising off the evaporator.

Opening up a field for tapping.

Opening up a field for tapping.

 

February 13, 2017

Greetings All,

It’s been another weird winter and the maple sugaring community is trying to keep up.  While we are about to tap and wait for the first runs, there are a few large producers who have tapped and boiled in January to catch the early runs the warmer weather caused.  However sugar content was still quite low, only about 1.7%, so we’ll wait for the sugar content to climb in the next week or two.

The New Hampshire Maple Producers recently held their annual meeting and we are happy to say we will once again be part of a research effort out of UNH to monitor tree health and environmental impacts that may factor into tree stress.

We look forward to another sugaring season no matter what the weather brings.  Although we do prefer the 40 degree days and 25 degree nights! (and a little snow cover)  It’s always great to see folks again and welcome new visitors.  As always we update the boiling schedules and hours on the website weekly.

We hope to see you soon!

Brian & Sue