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. 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 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 23rd Annual Maple Weekend will take place March 24 – 25, 2018. 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.
Canterbury Shaker Village will be participating in the East Canterbury Maple Festival on March 24th – 25th. The weekend starts with a pancake breakfast on Saturday from 9-11am at the Creamery. At 11am, Saturday and Sunday, the Visitor’s Center will have a guest local historian, Mark Stevens speaking about the Canterbury Shakers’ extensive sugaring operation and the production of their maple products. Other activities include the North Family Farm demonstrating maple sugar making and a display about Canterbury Shakers’ maple traditions. East Canterbury Maple Festival is a town-wide event! Other participants include Lamb’s Maple Syrup, Tamarack Farm, Cold Garden Distillery, Hill’s Corner Sugar Shack, and Canterbury Aleworks. https://www.facebook.com/CanterburyMapleFestival/
Learn about how to make your own maple syrup, at the Maple Tours from 7:30AM -12:30 PM during March at Heritage Farm Pancake House in Laconia, NH. This Maple Tour includes a tractor ride, learning how to tap maple trees, a 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 this old fashion New Hampshire tradition. For more information, visit prescottfarm.org
Remick Museum and Farm will be celebrating the sweet taste of spring on March 24th at the Maple Sugaring Day Open House! SSee demonstrations of early sugaring practices of the Abenaki Indians, Doc Remick’s handmade backyard boiler, and today’s modern evaporator. Sample our farm-produced syrup and take some home—maple syrup and treats for sale. Sweet fun for all generations!
Don’t forget their Remick Homeschool Class: Maple Syrup on March 19th. Must be signed up their their Homeschool class by March 12th. This Homeschool Class will teach you the process of making maple syrup.
Shiloh’s Restaurant located in Tilton offers delicious 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-made juicy burger topped with grilled onions, bacon, cheddar and real maple syrup.For more information, visit https://www.shilohsrestaurant.net/