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Maple Sugaring Time in New Hampshire

From mid-February through early April,
the state’s maple producers repeat the 300-
year-old annual ritual of
tapping the maple
They collect and haul the sap to their
sugar houses -- some using traditional buckets
and horse or oxen-drawn sleighs, some
with high-tech plastic tubing connecting
the trees like a sweet spiderweb -- and then
boil the sap down to syrup: 25-75 gallons
to produce one gallon of syrup.

All season they invite the public to observe, participate and taste the results
such as sugar-on-snow (warm syrup poured over fresh snow makes a taffy-like
candy) or a pancake breakfast. For those who can't get enough of a good thing,
many sugarhouses offer maple candy, syrup and other maple delights year-
round through their websites.

And the official maple sugaring open house in NH is held in mid-March.

Maple Season brings special activities throughout the state, with sugar houses,
inns and restaurants offering special events and packages. Here's a sampling:

Stonewall Farm in Keene, an educational, working farm presents a Sap
Gathering Contest. Contestants drive teams of draft horses through sugar
maples to gather 40 buckets of sap, earning points based on speed, amount of
sap gathered, and teamwork. Children can join sap-carrying relay races using
old-time wooden yokes.

Sunnyside Maples, Inc. in Loudon, NH  is a traditional New Hampshire
business operated on the same site for over 50 years by the Moore family.
Located just south of the Lakes Region on Route 106 in Loudon. Between the
end of February and the first of April their Gift Shop features all types of
delicious maple products, made by the Moore family. Also available are other
NH made items.  Gift Shop and Sugarhouse close mid April, but all of our
products are available year-round by calling 603-267-8217 or 603-783-0321.

Stuart and John’s Sugar House in Westmoreland, NH has its own restaurant
and serves “anything you can put syrup on.” Open weekends beginning the
second weekend in February through the first weekend in April. Call 603-399-

Bisson's Sugarhouse in Berlin, NH offers an educational program on sugaring
and serves maple syrup on ice cream. All-day events in late March in
conjunction with the Northern Forest Heritage Park next door, include horse-
drawn sleigh rides if weather permits. Call 603-752-1298.

The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, operated by the Society for the Protection of
New Hampshire Forests, offers a two-hour program in which visitors make their
own syrup and learn the history of sugaring. Special weekend programs in
March. A team of horses takes visitors to the trees.

Christies’ Maple Farm in Lancaster has a maple sugaring museum and a tasting
bar for sampling the various grades of syrup. Grade A is pale, with a delicate
flavor, Grade B, darker and more robust. The darker the syrup, the stronger the
maple intensity.

The Remick Museum, a working farm museum in Tamworth, NH has maple
sugaring demonstrations -- oxen haul sap from trees to boiling iron kettles -- and

Visitors should call the Maple Hotline, 603-225-3757, to get details. They can also request
a free guidebook by calling 1-800-FUN-IN-NH, ext. 100, or by going to
Visit NH.
Maple Trees, tapped
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