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.

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.

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

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

December 2, 2016

We’ve worked hard to get lots of products ready for the shop.  There are items for gift giving, yankee swaps, teacher appreciation, thank you gifts etc.  Here’s a list of some items:  Maple Syrup, Maple Cream, Maple Candy, Maple Sugar, Maple BBQ Sauce, Maple Mustard, Maple Caramel Popcorn, Maple Fudge, Maple Pepper and Pancake mixes.

Weekend Hours 10am to 4pm through Dec. 18th

 

November 26, 2016

Hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends and for those that brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, got lots of holiday deals for gift giving.  After prepping our decorations for the wreaths in October, Mom and I started decorating Brian’s freshly made wreaths yesterday.  It’s always a treat put the wreaths together and see the decorations look so fun and festive.  The designs are a mix, as usual, of forest friends, Williamsburg-ish, glittery and holiday fun with elves and Santas.  Most will last right through February or March (unless hung in a southern exposure).  Even indoors they will hold their needles and last for months.  Come join us for the Open House on December 3rd 9am to 4pm and December 4th 10am to 4pm.

Additionally holiday hours for December will be Saturday and Sunday 10 to 4pm for the following dates: Dec 10th, 11th, 17th, & 18th.

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March 21, 2016

Happy Spring!  Waking up to the snow that was, wasn’t,  and then was coming, apparently came to give us a reminder of how beautiful a blanket of snow can make things look.  With 40 degrees predicted for this afternoon, it will be here only briefly so enjoy the frosting while it lasts.

Our warmest thanks to all who came out over Maple Weekend to the sugarhouse.  It seemed most all were happy with their visit and we are always happy to have such nice people here to learn about the maple process and products.  We did decide to rent a portable restroom this year and will do so in the future for our customers comfort.

And lastly we need to thank our family for all their help too.  We could not have Maple Weekend without all of them.  Three generations all pitching in.  There’s Mom, sisters Andrea and Terry, son Tyler & girlfriend Kristy and daughter Megan.  It means so much to have them with us.