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.
It’s official. The taps are pulled and we are finished for another year. Not a bad one overall considering how much cold we had over the last couple months. Saturday will be our last regular hours for the season. But as always, if you need something please just give us a call and we’ll be happy to have you drop by.
Last week we had a camera crew here doing some filming for promoting the NH maple season and here is a link to the video clip and photo gallery postings. The filming was done here and at Rock Haven on Rte 121 where we have a good group of taps. Came out pretty good.
As always we want to thank everyone for their support.
Best wishes for the year ahead.
Sue & Brian
What a crazy winter this is! The sugaring weather has been hanging in and the past two cold nights have given us more sap to boil to up the overall season tally. The end of the week looks promising too. We have made some more dark and some Grade B.
Hours for Saturday are 12 to 4pm but Sunday we will be at the Newburyport Farmers Market from 9am to 1pm.
Brian caught this shot of a Tom Turkey previewing his best strut for the local hens.
Thanks to the good sap flow we got at the end of this week, we made some nice dark amber from yesterday’s boil. We’ve packed some up this morning so you can take home a fresh packed warm jug today!