Brian is out this morning collecting and it seems to have run pretty well yesterday. Just a reminder that we do not have any maple cones or maple taffy today. We will have more next weekend and if you would like to place an order to hold some, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to do that for you. Hours today are 10am to 5pm.
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.
NH Maple Weekend Open House
March 22nd & 23rd 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.
Today we are getting ready for the weekend. This morning we made 3 gallons worth of fresh maple cream. Yum, Yum, Yum. And some of that went into one our new customer favorites – Maple Cream Cones! These are bite sized ice cream cones filled with our ever so smooth and delicious pure maple cream (made from 100% maple syrup only). They are 1.50 ea or a box of 6 for only 8.00. Think about ordering these as a new treat to offer at your next kids birthday party. You’ll be the Bomb!
Hours Sat 3/15 and Sun 3/16 12pm – 4pm
Finally had a decent run at the top of this week and looking for more after the storm passes by. One sugar maker we know says there is nothing like a good rain to get the trees loosened up. But we still aren’t looking for it to be too warm yet. Everyone else is flying off to Florida and Cancun for those spring break trips. Leave that weather there for now. Your local maple producers need a bit more winter yet.
Brian had a chance to make some fresh maple candies the other day. Here’s a picture of them all lined up ready to go into their boxes.
We have decided to do sugar-on snow again on Saturday since it doesn’t look like we’ll have enough sap to collect and boil by then. So come give it a try on us. And as always we’ll have other maple samples out to try. If the temperatures hold up we might actually be boiling on Sunday. Maybe – hopefully…….
Open 12pm – 4pm Sat 3/8/14 and Sun 3/9/14
Keep your eyes open for melting this weekend. If the temperatures get up where they say we should see another run this weekend. Please, please, please!!
Open 12pm – 4pm Sat 3/8/14 and Sun 3/9/14
Hope some of you can make it tomorrow to try sugar-on-snow. We have a growing number of folks who grew up with this treat and look forward to getting some Maple Taffy from us. Maple Taffy is essentially sugar-on-snow in a jar. To make it the hot syrup is poured in jars, cooled in an ice bath and once at room temperature, then frozen for stability. The frozen taffy needs to be refrigerated to get it soft enough to scoop out of the jar. Traditionally you just enjoy it by the spoonful. The texture is like soft caramel only silky smooth on your tongue.
Sunday we had a great day with the folks who dropped by to see the season get underway. This shot was taken on Monday as the last of the sap was boiled down. Just a beginning though with fervent hopes of lots more to come. But not this week! Patience, patience. We’ll be open this coming Sunday 11am to 4pm. Since we won’t be boiling and we actually have snow, come join us to try some Sugar-on-Snow!