Thursday, March 25, 2010

NH Maple Producers Open House Weekend

Did you know New Hampshire's maple syrup industry produces almost 90,000 gallons of the sweet and stick treat.  March is when much of the maple is tapped from the trees and this weekend is the pinnacle as the local maple sugar houses all across the state open wide their doors and welcome visitors to see how maple trees are tapped and how syrup is made, sample all sorts of maple products, and of course take some home to enjoy.

Some of the maple houses near Peterborough open for visitors include:

  • Ben's Sugar Shack, Temple: Giving tours of the sugar house, samples of maple cotton candy, maple syrup. Warm maple syrup on ice cream & sugar on snow. Stop by for a great time!
  • Boutwell's Sugar House, Jaffrey: Open providing the sap is running. Boiling on wood-fired evaporator. Maple cream, maple sugar and maple snacks available.
  • Morning Star Maple, Dublin: Free samples of our maple products & sugar on snow both days.
  • Old Pound Road Sugar House, Antrim: Free coffee & maple muffins, small container of syrup free to young children. All maple syrup & candy products for sale during open house.
One special event happening in the Monadnock region this weekend is the "Sap Gathering Contest" that takes place this Saturday, March 27th at Stonewall Farm in Keene (about 35 minutes away from Peterborough).  This is a wonderful annual event where teams of horses from around New England descend upon the farm and race around the grounds collecting sap and bringing it back to the sugar house for boiling down into maple syrup.

If you like maple syrup, this is the weekend to be in New Hampshire!


  1. I read that the yields in VT were not very good this year. How did NH do?

  2. I don't know the answer to that Norm but the early reports were that it was going to be a good season.