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.
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Sorry - No Rest Rooms so plan accordingly
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks to the change to daylight savings time Brian was able to collect up to 6:30 tonight. So he’ll have sap to boil all day tomorrow. Starting this weekend we’ll have our famous Maple Cream Cones available. They are 1.50 each or a box of 6 for 8.00. We have also made some maple taffy in both 8 oz and 5 oz jars. Those are 8.00 and 6.00 respectively. We try to make enough to have on hand but due to increasing demand we can run out. Place an order and we’ll set some aside so you can be sure to get yours.
This week we finally had our first boil. Wednesday was practically balmy and Brian was able to collect enough sap to get the pans sweetened. No syrup made but next boil we will. Spoke to a few other sugar makers today who also had their first boil on Wednesday so the season is getting in gear for sure.
This weekend was a bit of fun having some sugar-on-snow for folks who dropped in. It’s always great to hear those childhood reminiscences from folks who remember having it themselves as kids and then being able to share it with a new generation. The weather is just what we need to get things loosened up for sap to start running at last. But we still need another day or so for it to really break free from the freeze. Wednesday looks like the optimal day. Lets hope so.
We’ll be open this coming Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm doing sugar-on-snow for those who stop in for a visit. Hope to see you then.
Brian has kept busy with all the pre-season prep that goes on. The evaporator’s been washed and arch repainted. All the gathering and sap storage tanks have been scrubbed to a gleam as well. Here’s a view from the inside looking out of the 500 gallon sap tank.
Who’d have thought it would be March 1st and no sap running yet. Guess in days gone by this was not so uncommon and certainly in the northern reaches of NH it’s not unusual. But for us it’s a first. As the weather forecasters are saying, a slow melt to the snow would be good to avoid flooding and that would also help us through the month with temperatures that should be good for sap flow. As with every year, we wait and see.
Holy smokes! The snow just keeps coming and there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of sugaring temperatures coming in anytime soon. Like everyone else there’s been plenty of plowing and roof shoveling going on the last month and more tomorrow. Brian had to load his tractor up on a trailer and plow out a couple locations to make them accessible once the weather breaks.
Holiday Open House Weekend
Dec 6th 9am – 4pm and Dec 7th 10am – 4pm
Come join us for our annual event. Fresh wreaths and maple products all for getting the holiday season off in full swing. Next week Brian will make his second trip for greens. He’s been making wreaths since Veteran’s Day but still plenty more to get done. Hope to see you soon.