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Maple candies by Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon. Courtesy photo.




Experience Maple Weekend 

Here are some of the local sugar houses doing special tours, tastings and other activities for Maple Weekend. For more information and the full list of participating sugar houses statewide, visit nhmapleproducers.com. 
 
Brookview Sugarhouse (154 Gage Road, Wilton, 654-7961; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Boiling demos, free coffee, homemade donuts, and maple products for sale. 
Charmingfare Farm (774 High St., Candia, 483-5623; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Maple tapping, sugar house tours, tastings, syrup for sale, live music Saturday night and more.
Cody’s Sap House (445 Francestown Road, New Boston, 487-2708; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Free cookies, brownies and syrup samples, and syrup and maple butter for sale. 
• Crow Valley Farm (1038 Hopkinton Road, Hopkinton, 224-7520; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Syrup and waffles and maple milk samples, and syrup for sale. 
• Dill Family Farm (45 Griffin Road, Deerfield, 475-3798; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Syrup samples and talks with producers. 
Folsom’s Sugar House (130 Candia Road, Chester, 370-0908; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Maple samples, demos and tours, maple products for sale, maple ice cream sundaes and more. 
Grant Family Pond View Maples (224 Mount Dearborn Road, Weare, 396-2800; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Free maple chili, popcorn, cotton candy, coffee, cold drinks and maple butter biscuits, and live music Saturday. 
Hillcroft Farm (266 South Hill Road, New Boston, 487-5047; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Coffee, maple milk and other maple treats available. 
Kaison’s Sugar House (75 Forest Road, Weare, 660-6019; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Homemade donuts, maple hot dogs, syrup samples, maple products for sale and “Cow Train” rides.
Maple Butternut Farm (184 Francestown Road, New Boston, 487-5508; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Free coffee and donuts, syrup samples and sugar house demos. 
The Maple Guys (311 Cram Hill Road, Lyndeborough, 654-2415; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Sugar house tours, tapping demonstrations, live music, sugar-on-snow, maple hot dogs, cotton candy, baked goods and other maple products for sale. 
Maple Ridge Sugar House (268 Loudon Ridge Road, Loudon, 470-7574; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Sugar house and woods tours, donut machine and cotton candy machine, maple samples, farm animals and talks with 4-H students. 
Mapletree Farm (105 Oak Hill Road, Concord, 224-0820; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Maple orchard tour, boiling demos, sugar-on-snow, syrup and maple cream samples, and maple cotton candy demos Saturday.
• Mtn-Gold Maple Mill (55 Cram Hill Road, Lyndeborough, 654-7260; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.) Maple-frosted cupcakes and maple coffee samples and maple products for sale.
Mt. Crumpit Farm (207 Lull Road, New Boston, 325-5900; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Maple samples and discussion about syrup production.
Peaceful Acres Farm (110 Chester Road, Raymond, 706-2221; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Boiling demonstrations and syrup available. 
Pearl & Sons Farm (409 Loudon Ridge Road, Loudon, 435-6587; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Sugar house tours, syrup and maple candy samples, maple products for sale, boiling demonstrations from noon to 3 p.m., and kids’ pony rides from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m., for $5. 
Peterson Sugar House (28 Peabody Row, Londonderry, 437-1523; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.) Maple tasting, tours, maple ice cream demo and syrup for sale. 
Red Roof Maples (7064 Pleasant St. Ext., Loudon, 724-5768; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Sugar house tours, syrup and ice cream with syrup samples, and maple products for sale.  
Ridgeland Farm (736 Loudon Ridge Road, Loudon, 520-4337; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Sugar house tours and demonstrations, sugar bush tours, free coffee, farm animals, and homemade maple buns, cookies, fudge and other maple products for sale. 
 
Sunnyside Maples, Inc. (1089 Route 106, Loudon, 783-9961; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Boiling demonstrations, syrup samples, maple frappes and ice cream sundaes, live music and more. 
Tamarack Farm (115 Asby Road, Canterbury, 783-9226; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Syrup tastings, sugar-on-snow and horse/pony rides 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.  
Treats Sugarhouse (3 Hop Kiln Road, Bow, 774-2160; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Sugar house tours, demonstrations and syrup tasting. 
 

 






Getting sappy
Maple Weekend features sugar house tours, tastings and more

03/23/17



 You can watch maple syrup being made and try maple treats like sugar-on-snow during the 21st annual New Hampshire Maple Weekend, happening Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26. Nearly 100 sugar houses all over the state will be open to the public and offering tours, demonstrations, tastings, family activities and more. 

Jim Fadden, president of the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association, said that Maple Weekend provides a unique opportunity to visit sugar houses, which often have irregular hours based on the weather. 
“Weather is very important to the production of maple syrup, so it’s difficult for them to be open for tours and things on demand,” he said. “However, Maple Weekend means that they’re going to be open, for sure. If the weather doesn’t work, we’ll stage the boiling demonstration. You won’t be disappointed if you drive to one.” 
Most sugar houses will offer tours and demonstrations of various stages of the maple production process, as well as samples of their maple syrup and other maple products like maple candies, maple coffees and more. Many will also have prepared breakfast, lunch and snack items like homemade donuts, maple buns and biscuits, maple hot dogs, maple cotton candy and maple ice cream sundaes. One of the most anticipated maple treats at Maple Weekend, Fadden said, is sugar-on-snow. 
“It’s maple syrup cooked down and ladled [on] top of snow or chipped ice so that it forms a taffy,” he said. “It takes time and effort to prepare, so it’s not something that’s readily available every day at the sugar house. It’s a real treat.” 
Other sugar houses will offer visits with live farm animals, horse-drawn wagon rides and pony rides, live music, raffles and prizes, hands-on activities and more. In addition to the sugar house events, many restaurants will be featuring maple-inspired menu specials, and some inns and hotels will have special Maple Weekend lodging packages. 
“It’s a statewide tradition,” Fadden said. “The Northeast is pretty much the maple realm of the world. It doesn’t happen anywhere else like it does here, so it’s a unique experience.”





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