NH Maple Weekend March 19th & 20th, 2015

NH Maple Weekend Open House

March 19th & 20th 10am to 5pm

Once again we look forward to welcoming visitors to our sugarhouse for NH Maple Weekend.  The “tours” we offer are in the sugarhouse.  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.

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).

Crowds can be expected so please try to park only on the right hand side of Candia Road or on Sheep Wash 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.

 We accept the following:  Master Card, Discover, Visa & American Express as well as Apple Pay

 

February 13, 2016

The wintery blast we are having right now has everyone frozen up in the sugaring world.  But that will hopefully work towards more normal early spring temperatures soon so we can get back to gathering sap after this coming week.  Next Saturday only we will offer sugar-on-snow (snow conditions permitting) from 12 to 4pm for those who want to stop by.

Brian has a new friend supervising the sap gathering this year.  This ruffed grouse was hand raised and now living free in his own territory at one of the gathering spots.  He checks things out following along as Brian goes from tree to tree in “his domain”.  As soon as Brian crosses that invisible boundary though he doesn’t follow.

Caution: Guard Grouse on duty!

Caution: Guard Grouse on duty!

 

February 3, 2016

Who can see this weather and not wonder about global warming?  Sheesh!  Brian has tapped about half the trees due to the warming conditions.  The sap ran Saturday and had a sugar content well over 2%.  He boiled Sunday and Monday and made a bit of syrup.  We’ll hold off tapping more trees for a bit to see how things go.  Could have a freeze up on the way soon.

If you are anxious to get out and talk maple drop in on Saturday.  We will be open from 12-4pm.  And if the weather cooperates we might have sap to boil besides.

Weird weather or not it’s always fun and challenging combined.  And we hope to have a chance to visit with our many long-time customers as well as some new ones as we celebrate out 25th season!  Brian built the original sugar house in 1990 and we opened to the public for the first time in the spring of 1991.  Wow!

April 16, 2015

This was an interesting season.  One month start to finish.  Our first boil was March 11th and our last boil was April 11th.  In over 25 years we have never been sugaring on our daughter’s birthday which was last week.  Made lots of really nice syrup the last 10 days.  Many sugar makers have pulled their taps as did we on Monday.  Too early to tell overall if it was a good season for NH but we have heard some who said it was ok or good.  We did much better than expected despite the late start.

We start posting regular weekday hours in May for those who want to know when to come by and pick something up.  But as always, we will open on demand if you need something for yourself or guests.  Just call us at 887-3672.

Have a wonderful Spring.  I know I’m looking forward to seeing the salmon parrot tulips we planted last fall come up.

 

April 2, 2014

What a crazy winter this is!  The sugaring weather has been hanging in and the past two cold nights have given us more sap to boil to up the overall season tally.  The end of the week looks promising too.  We have made some more dark and some Grade B.

Hours for Saturday are 12 to 4pm but Sunday we will be at the Newburyport Farmers Market from 9am to 1pm.

Brian caught this shot of a Tom Turkey previewing his best strut for the local hens.

Tom Turkey

March 22, 2014

Did you watch the weather today?  Here in Chester it was living up to the old adage that if you don’t like the weather in New England just wait a minute.  We had snow flurries and then bright sunny skies like a typical spring day.  Our visitors were not deterred though.  We had a nice group of folks who enjoyed all we had to offer; especially the Maple Sundaes.  So I am off to the store for more vanilla and whipped cream.

For those who might want to visit the Millcreek Dairy, Jeff’s cheese is already all sold out.  But visitors are still more than welcome to see the goats.