It was a pretty good day for sugaring today. The sun warmed things up well enough to get the trees going again. The last 2 days the weather was close to the right temperature but not quite warm enough. So come watch us boiling on Sunday afternoon from 12pm to 4pm. The driveway and yard are dirt, therefore muddy in this weather so make sure your footwear is appropriate.
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.
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!
Today was truly enjoyable for this time of year. That was the comment from almost everyone who dropped by today. There are still wreaths and swags and kissing balls to pick from s well as all your favorite maple goodies. The shop will be open Sunday from 10am to 4pm and we’ll have holiday hours the next 2 weekends as well. 12-4pm each weekend.
Happy Thanksgiving to All.
We are looking forward to having almost all the family here for Thanksgiving tomorrow. It will be great compared to last year when we had to run the generator to get dinner cooked. Thank heavens for crock pots. Even at that we had to borrow an oven at my daughter’s in-laws to bake the traditional bread pudding for dessert. Our family can forgive no turkey on Thanksgiving but not my great-grandmothers bread pudding. Hope you all have a warm and happy holiday with your family and friends.
The upcoming week will see us busy making candy and cream for the open house along with putting together some gift baskets for your holiday giving. Brian will continue to make wreaths and we will be getting those all decorated too for the weekend event. Hours will be:
Dec 5th 9am to 4pm & Dec 6th 10am to 4pm
Looks like the balmy fall weather has left us and we are back to more seasonal stuff. The wind was wicked and cold today. Things are falling into the normal rhythm for us at this time of year. Brian made his first trip north to cut greens for our wreaths and has begun the assembly process. Mom and I have been working on the designs we’ll use on the fresh wreaths starting Thanksgiving weekend. See a sneak peek of one happy face we’ll have looking for a holiday home. Of course we’ll have ones with sparkle, animals and more natural flavors as usual.
For those of you who are on our mailing lists, the postcards and emails will go out this week. Our Open House is Dec. 5th and 6th. Hours 9 – 4 Sat and 10- 4 on Sunday. The sugarhouse will be open the next 3 weekends in Dec on Sat & Sun from 11-4pm. Or call ahead to arrange another time if necessary. 603-370-0908.
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.
The weather this week has been great for the sap to run. The buckets have been full everyday and Brian has been collecting and boiling non-stop. If we make it through the warm temperatures today we should have 2 or 3 more great days for sap next week too. Check out this pretty cool night shot Brian took last week. The driveway and yard are all pretty muddy and soft so if you want to walk the path to the trees make sure you wear your Wellies!
Wow what a weekend!! Saturday was cold and snowy but we had plenty of folks who were undeterred and came out for Maple Weekend and of course their annual Maple Ice Cream Sundae. Sunday was sunny and the crowds didn’t stop all day. Unfortunately due to the high turnout of visitors we ran out of packaged syrup about 2pm. So sorry to those who came and left empty-handed. We will hopefully have plenty of everything on hand again this weekend. We made our first batch of fresh maple cream today. Brian collected sap all morning and is boiling it all down so we can make plenty more syrup too.
Thank you to all our visitors old and new who make this so enjoyable for us. And we can’t ever make it through Maple Weekend without the support and help from our family. Mom, Terry, Kaiya, Lynn, Megan, Steve, Tyler & Kristy all help make it happen. Our deepest thanks and love as always for all you do for us.
NH Maple Weekend Open House
March 28th & 29th 10 AM 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 with snow still on the ground, proper footwear is encouraged.
We accept the following: Master Card, Discover & Visa
Sorry - No Rest Rooms so plan accordingly