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.

 

 

 

 

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

March14, 2019 Maple Weekend Details

NH Maple Weekend Open House

March 23rd 10am to 5pm & 24th 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.  (Boots encouraged for this.) And be sure to check out the Maple Leafs with Maple Trivia questions to test your maple 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 park only on the right hand, even numbered side (our side) of Candia Road or on Sheepwash Drive a short walk before you get to our place.  No parking will be allowed on the hill beyond our driveway for safety reasons.  The driveway and parking area are dirt and can be muddy so proper footwear is encouraged.

 

We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express and Apple Pay.

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

 

February 27, 20129

Although it’s not uncommon for us to tap out between Valentines Day and Presidents Day, we’re seeing a cold weather pattern overall. It ran Thursday and Friday last week and allowed us to boil this past weekend. Then surprisingly Brian spent the day battling high winds and collecting sap all day on Monday.  This coming week looks cold into the start of next week.  This will give us a chance to get fresh syrup packed and on the shelves.

Monday March 4th we’re looking forward to joining a crowd for the Governor’s Tree Tapping Ceremony to be held at Intervale Pancake House in Henniker this year.  It’s located right at the foot of Pat’s Peak.  The event is open to the public so feel free to drop by if you get a chance.  It’s a great family event.