Its that time of year: follow your favorite sweet treat
from the local sugarbush to your table this March by taking
part in New Hampshire Maple Month. In addition, the New
Hampshire Maple Producers Association is celebrating
80 years of educating the public and promoting the maple
industry in the Granite State and beyond!
Local maple producers all over the state will host
open houses to share their sweet products and show-
off the maple-making process throughout the month, but
especially on Maple Weekend March 18 and 19. Visitors
will have the opportunity to experience one of New
Hampshire’s most beloved traditions as local producers
offer demonstrations of the boiling process, as well
as giveaways and sales of products like syrup, maple
popcorn, candies, cotton candy, ice cream, and more.
“From backyard kitchen producers to those with a
hundred-thousand taps, we all share a common passion
for this New Hampshire tradition dating back centuries,”
said Andrew Chisholm, President of the New Hampshire
Maple Producers Association. “Our Association has
grown significantly in 80 years. Working together, all of
us can contribute to the New Hampshire maple industry,
ensuring we pass down this proud tradition for future
Maple producers have been busy getting their trees
tapped and lines run and now are getting into collecting
and boiling. While it’s never a sure bet what the season will
bring, the summer of 2022 was not as dry as the summer
of 2021 and this winter has had some cold nights, both of
which are good for maple-producing trees.
Maple is one of the top ten agricultural crops produced
in the state, and, in 2022, New Hampshire produced
about 3% of the United States’ total maple crop. While
sugarbushes produce sap for maple syrup during the
maple season, all year round they contribute to a healthier
environment, are habitat for many animals and birds, and
provide recreation opportunities for people.
To find a producer near you, visit nhmaplemap.org. Each
sugarhouse will have their own hours and offerings so be sure
to check their listings or call ahead for details before visiting.