One of New Hampshire’s oldest pastimes is making maple syrup. Maple sugaring season is usually six weeks long, producing almost 124,000 gallons of maple syrup a year in New Hampshire. Maple trees are tapped by drilling a hole into the maple tree and inserting a spicket which then drains the sap into a pail. The maple sap is then filtered to avoid the sap from souring.
Maple sugaring season runs from mid-February to mid-April where hundreds of gallons of sap are collected each day to make one gallon of maple syrup. Maple syrups taste differently depending on when the sap was harvested. Syrup that is lighter in color usually has a sweeter taste to it and harvested in the early weeks of maple sugaring season. There are many maple syrup events and tours in the Lakes Region to learn about the process.
The 22th Annual Maple Weekend will take place March 25th and 26th. This event will feature free samples of fresh syrup, maple candies, donuts, as well as educational talks on how syrup is produced at your local sugar houses all over the Lakes Region. For more information visit www.nhmapleproducers.com.
Learn about how to make your own maple syrup, during Maple Tours from 7:30AM -12:30 PM during March at Heritage Farm Pancake House in Laconia, NH. You will see how it is made and what they do with it after they make it. The Maple Tour includes a tractor ride, learning how to tap maple trees, sugar house tour, tasting and making maple candy. After you have seen how it is made, go to the pancake house and enjoy some on a farm fresh family-style breakfast. For more information visit www.heritagefarm.net/Maple_Season.htm
Take a trip to the Prescott Farms in Laconia NH, where the visitors are able to participate in the sugaring process every Saturday of the month of March. You will build skills such as learning parts of the tree, identifying the trees, and the history of maple sugaring. From tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, you will experience the old fashion New Hampshire tradition of making maple syrup. For more information, visit prescottfarm.org
Shiloh’s Restaurant located in Tilton offers fresh maple items. After an afternoon of shopping at Tanger Outlet stop at Shilo’s for Grilled fresh Salmon Filet glazed with maple syrup or try the Maple Burger; a hand formed juicy burger topped with grilled onions, bacon, cheddar and real maple syrup.For more information, visit https://www.shilohsrestaurant.net/
Also try some of the restaurant menu items made with local maple syrup like the Apple Walnut Chicken with Maple Cream Sauce at the Common Man or try the Maple Citrus Wings or the Maple Glazed Bacon Wrapped Shrimp from T-BONES in Laconia. Each item has a sweet taste that you do not want to miss during Maple Season.