The Hippo


Jun 3, 2020








Sweet syrup lined up and ready for Maple Weekend. Courtesy photo.

Maple highlights

Here are a few sweet and educational highlights to check out during this year’s Maple Weekend (Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20). For a full list, visit
Charmingfare Farm’s Maple Express (774 High St., Candia) offers demos, tree identification, pancake and syrup sampling and horse drawn rides. See
Just Maple (475 School St., Tilton) offers a whole host of maple sampling, such as different grades of syrup, maple cream, maple cotton candy, maple milk and more. Lunch and snacks for sale include maple baked beans, maple bean soup, maple boiled hot dogs and hamburgers with maple mustard. Rolling in the Dough will sell a variety of maple baked goods, like maple cinnamon rolls, and Surowiec Farm will make cider doughnuts to dip in maple syrup. See
Folsom’s Sugar House (130 Candia Road, Chester) will host maple tours, explaining the maple process from start to finished product. Check out tapped trees and boiling. See
Maple Ridge Sugar House (268 Loudon Ridge Road, Loudon) will offer guests the chance to sample all grades of maple with their maple shots, plus fresh maple doughnuts. Also, take a tour through the woods to learn about maple firsthand. See
Mapletree Farm (105 Oak Hill Road, Concord) gives guests the chance to check out a self-guided orchard and woods tour and watch sap boil. Get your questions answered by a sugar maker and sample sugar-on-snow, maple syrup and maple cream. See

From tree to table
Visit the state’s sugar houses this Maple Weekend

By Allie Ginwala

 Despite an early start to the season that gave some producers their earliest boiling dates on record, the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association is still set to welcome visitors to the state’s sugar houses during the 21st annual Maple Weekend on Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20.

Robyn Pearl, publicist for NHMPA, said that though this winter’s warmer weather led to a season start earlier than the last two, it’s not unusual for New Hampshire to be making syrup anywhere from mid-February to mid- to late-April. 
“And that doesn’t mean it’s going to end earlier,” she said in a phone interview. “For the foreseeable future it looks like good sugaring weather and temperatures, [though] you can’t count on the weather. Mother Nature does what she does.”
Once a year over 100 locations statewide open their doors to give guests a peek into the maple process from tree to table, such as tree tapping and sap collecting, watching active boiling and getting a fresh syrup sample right off the evaporator. 
In addition, throughout the month of March and into April, the NHMPA also hosts assorted sugar house events and open houses.
“We always had maple weekend … [but] we opened it up to maple month because we wanted people to know maple syrup isn’t made all in one weekend — it’s made in about eight weeks,” Pearl said. “We wanted to give opportunities to visit other times as well.”
The NHMPA website has a list of participating sugar houses that includes contact details, open hours for the weekend and what they’ll be offering to visitors, all broken down by region.
“You can take one day and stay in your own backyard and meet new people or take a day and explore other parts of the state,” she said. “There’s lots of locations, lots of options and every place offers something different.”
Along with tours, samples and demonstrations, some locations will showcase the various tasty ways that they use their maple syrup.
“A lot [of producers] make things with their syrup like maple candies of all different types like brittle, fudge ... and people have expanded to granola or spiced nuts or mustard,” Pearl said.
Some of the items for sale or sample this year include maple cream, maple mustard, maple barbecue sauce and maple frappes and sundaes from Sunnyside Maples in Loudon; maple popcorn and maple butter biscuits from Grant Family Pond View Maples in Weare, and maple bacon brittle and maple lollipops from Sugar Bee Farm in Claremont. 

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