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These NH maple syrup events will delight your tastebuds

These NH maple syrup events will delight your tastebuds

There are events happening all over the state as the sap runs from maple trees. By Sara Lynn Paige/Getty

By Stacy Milbouer

March 8, 2024

Step over Mrs. Butterworth, Vermont Maid, and Aunt Jemima, flatlanders will never understand what real maple syrup means to Granite Staters. We worship the amber nectar that drips from our sleepy winter trees and turns our pancakes from breakfast to feast. But maple syrup is so much more than that. It’s one of the most beloved seasons, a sweet manifestation of the long-awaited arrival of spring. Most of our sugar houses are open now. And the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association has declared March, Maple Syrup Month, with special events on Maple Weekend from March 16-17. Here are some of our favorite: 

The Maple Express at Charmingfare Farm in Candia will take off on March 9, 10, 16, and 17 at various times of the day. Visitors climb on a horse-drawn or tractor-drawn train which heads to a working sugar shack to learn about sap gathering and see evaporators turning sap into syrup. The ride also includes silver dollar pancakes drizzled with sweet nectar. The farm also has a portion of its gift shop to its maple collection including maple coffee, maple cotton candy, and syrup, of course! After the ride, children and adults alike are also invited to visit the farm animals in the barn. Admission is $29 per person.

Maple Day at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Rd., Warner will be held Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where there will be maple syrup-making demonstrations, historical displays, a maple bake sale, storytelling (at 11 am and 1 pm), acorn pancake samples, and more. The outdoor events are free but regular admission applies to tour the museum which is free for members.

Sap Gathering Contest at Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Hills Rd., Loudon, March 23, 10 a.m. This is the first year the farm and the Granite State Draft and Pony Club will hold this competition which determines which draft-horse teams gather the most sap in the shortest amount of time. The event is free.

The Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, 928 White Oaks Rd., Laconia, will host “Tap into Maple” every Saturday in March. Visitors will have a hands-on syrup-making experience from tapping trees to syrup tasting. Environmental educators will help you build tree identification skills, learn the parts of a tree and their functions, use measuring tools to find an appropriate tree to tap, use historical and modern tree tapping tools, learn the history of maple sugaring including Native American legends, and discover the math and chemical/physical science in the boiling process. The 90-minute program costs $15 and begins on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It’s Maple Month in the White Mountains, and celebrations are planned in several venues including Fadden’s General Store and Maple Sugarhouse, 109 Main St., North Woodstock. This place, which is open all week, has been producing New Hampshire maple syrup since 1896 and won numerous trophies for its syrup. During Maple Weekend, visitors will learn how tree sap becomes maple syrup and sample exclusive Maple-Weekend treats like sugar on snow, maple cotton candy, and plenty of syrup tastings.  

The NH Maple Experience at the NH Forest Society at the Rocks, 113 Glessner Lane,
Bethlehem will be held on March 16, 23, 24, 30, 31, and April 6.  Take a two-hour horse-drawn tour of the maple lines, ride a tractor to the sugar house, and enjoy a maple tasting, complete with donuts and sour pickles. Explore techniques used by indigenous peoples and early European settlers of the region to the operations of the modern sugar maker. Buying tickets in advance is recommended, walk-ins will be welcome if there is room.

Turkey Street Maples, 673 Turkey Street, Chocorua, will celebrate maple syrup weekend, March 16-17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will help collect sap, and watch it boiled down syrup in a woodfired dooryard sugar house.

Flippin’ Fabulous Pancakes, Morningstar Farm, a 40-acre farm on 30 Crane Crossing Road, Plaistow, will celebrate Maple Weekend March 16 -17, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a pancake breakfast on both days, tours of the sugar shack and fresh cider donuts crusted in maple sugar, maple dogs and a visit to the farm animals.

For more New Hampshire Maple Month events and a listing of the state’s sugar houses, visit the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association site. 

 

Author

  • Stacy Milbouer

    Stacy Milbouer is an award-winning journalist and has covered New Hampshire for many publications including the Boston Globe, New Hampshire Magazine, and the Nashua Telegraph.

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