March 5, 2018

This season is another one to keep us guessing.  The weather in February will go on record as the warmest February ever in NH.  So let’s hope March brings some of the more seasonal winter back for us.  The snow is a good thing for us sugarmakers.  It insulates the tree roots from warming up too soon and can help with radiational cooling so we get the right freezing temperatures at night to keep the sap running when it warms back up in the day.

Maple Month starts up this coming weekend and we will have our “tours” in the sugarhouse as always.  Brian does a great job explaining the whole process from sap to syrup and more.  He also explains what equipment we use during each phase as we collect, boil and package our syrup.  There is also a Maple Trivia quiz for you to try.  Twelve Maple leafs hang on the wall, each asking a maple question.  Answers are on the back for you to see how many you get right.

Products1There is lots of fresh syrup on hand to buy.  We have Golden, Amber and Dark to sample along with maple cream and always another maple related product.  It could be Maple BBQ Sauce, Maple Mustard, Maple Fudge or even Maple Popcorn.  There is also Maple Pepper in 4  flavors: Original, Garlic, Rosemary and Habanero (our fav).

 

February 24, 2018

There was plenty of sap on hand this week to boil so we have already made quite a bit of maple syrup.  Today brought out a fair number of visitors to the sugarhouse.  Lots of new faces too which is nice.  A couple of folks even picked up the DIY maple kit to try out making their own syrup.  Hope they have as much fun as we did.  Tomorrow looks like the weather will be just miserable.  Snow and sleet and maybe rain.  Oh well.  We’ll be open anyway.

Once again we have signed up to be part of Maple Month with the NH Maple Producers Assn.  But as always we will be open each weekend 12-4pm now through early April for visitors, offering tours and tastings of some maple sweets.  Maple Weekend we’ll be open too with samples and tours.  Hours will be 10-5 Sat & 10-4 Sun.  But remember that’s the only weekend we do those to-die-for Maple Ice Cream Sundaes for just 2.00.  Your choice of either vanilla ice cream or Blakes yummy maple walnut ice cream that they make with real maple syrup.  Each sundae is topped with fresh maple syrup and whipped cream.  Don’t miss it!

For your convenience we do have a Porta-Potty on site.

February 18, 2018

Another year, another season and no telling yet how things will go.  But that’s what you get dealing with the whims of the natural environment.  This week has been pretty good for sap flow.  Looks like the trees are pumping out plenty today after the sugar snow we had last night.  Good thing since the warm temps mid-week will shut things off until we get another freeze up.  With a bit of luck that should happen Thursday or Friday.  There were a few folks in this weekend looking for pointers on doing their own sugaring.  It’s always great to help them out and know that it’s such a great family activity to share.  Can’t beat it. Once again we have some maple DIY kits for sale for only 10.00!  Feel free to stop in to pick one up and try it out.  But watch out – you could get hooked.  We did. lol

February 3, 2018

Hope you all have had a great close to 2017 and are staying as well as possible in 2018 so far.  It’s a brutal cold and flu season out there for sure.

Last weekend we attended the NH Maple Producers Association annual business meeting which is always a great opportunity to see our fellow sugar makers and get an idea what everyone is thinking about the new season-to-come.  It also gets us all to thinking about the other events the association is involved with throughout the year.  Maple Month, Maple Weekend, the Governors Tree Tapping, many of the State fairs and even the Big E Exposition in Springfield Mass are just a few.

This year we have an extra special event to look forward to in October.  Each year each state and province that produces maple syrup takes turns hosting the annual North American Maple Syrup Council and International Maple Syrup Institute Annual meetings.  Along with the meetings there are workshops, technical sessions and a huge vendor trade show.  It’s a great opportunity for all sugar makers to learn the latest on research and development, best practices and much, much more.  It also gives the host state organization the chance to showcase some of our states unique features and historic locations through tours for the attendees at the conference.   Brian and I are on the organizing committee and we’ve been busy with our other committee members looking to make this a premier event.

Brian is monitoring the weather to keep an eye out for the forecast that will set the gears in motion for tapping this year.  It should be soon.  Tuesday we will have our maple hydrometer certified by the NH Department of Agriculture at a clinic so we know the calibration is spot on for making our syrup the perfect density.  Stay tuned for more about opening, hours and boiling times.  We look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks.

 

November 20, 2017

WreathIt’s only 12 more days until our Holiday Open House.  Brian has been making wreaths non-stop since his first cutting on Nov. 9th.  Mom and I have just finished making the wreath prototypes for the decorated ones.  It’s always so much fun bringing them to life and enjoying the creative flow from each other as we try to make something fun and festive for folks to enjoy.  Most of you probably don’t know we’ve been making wreaths as long as we’ve been sugaring.  That’s over 26 years!

Brian will have to make another trip north to cut more greens this week for the rest of the wreaths and swags we need to make.  Waiting to cut until after a hard frost in the north country helps our wreaths hold needles well into the winter.  Most last into early spring if not in direct sun.  So don’t miss out and come by December 2nd 9am to 4pm and December 3rd 10am to 4pm.  

We look forward to seeing you then!

 

October 1, 2017

It hardly seems like another 6 months have gone by, but they have.  We’ve had a lovely spring and summer.  Took a great vacation to Canada spending time in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.  Both beautiful places.  And we’ve welcomed another new grandchild to the family!  That makes 5 and they sure do keep us on our toes.

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This year we’ve decided to open each weekend from now to Christmas and select other times as well to afford more folks an opportunity to stop in and pick up some wonderful maple goodies.  As usual we’ll be having our Holiday Open House the first weekend in December on the 2nd and 3rd, so look for an email or postcard if you are on the mailing list.  Or check us out on Facebook.  Updates will be posted on the website too.  Don’t forget we do still open on demand as long as we are home so if the posted hours don’t work for your schedule just give us a call.