Experience Maple Sugaring Month in New Hampshire
Find out what's happening in March for sweet, sticky fun for the whole family
Maple syrup from the family-owned Heritage Farm Pancake House in Sanbornton.
Photo by Jenn Bakos
While we all might all be ready to trade in our snow boots for flip-flops, this month is home to one of our favorite events that celebrates the sweetest times of the year. Hosted by the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association, Maple Sugaring Month runs from March 10 through April 1, spanning four weeks of maple fun. You will be able to meet the maple producers, see how maple sugaring works, enjoy free samples of fresh syrup, taste maple candy and so much more. Here is a roundup of maple syrup-related events taking place in the coming weeks.
Charmingfare Farm’s Maple Express: In Candia, Charmingfare Farm offers a 20-minute draft horse-driven wagon ride deep into the sugar bush to visit an authentic sugar shack. There, a professional sugar maker will teach kids and adults everything they need to know about tapping maple and all the equipment involved in sugar-making. The end of the trip includes a buttery silver dollar pancake topped with freshly made syrup.
2018 dates: Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, and 24; Sundays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Check it out: visitthefarm.com
Maple Sugar Madness: From tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, Prescott Farm in Laconia’s maple sugaring program provides hands-on participation in every step of the syrup-making process. Environmental educators will help families build tree identification skills, learn the history of maple sugaring, including Native American legends, and discover the math and chemical/physical science in the boiling process.
2018 dates: Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; programs are held hourly beginning at 10 a.m. and the last one begins at 2 p.m.
Check it out: prescottfarm.com
Maple Experience: At The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests invites participants to learn how to identify sugar maple trees, get hands-on practice with tapping and collecting syrup, and see the process of turning sap into syrup up close. Plus, there will lots of pancakes and syrup!
2018 dates: March 17, 24, 25, 31 and April 1 and 7
Check it out: therocks.org
New Hampshire Maple Experience Have you ever wondered how that sweet and sugary liquid got into that maple-leaf shaped bottle before you poured it all over your stack of pancakes? The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem is willing to share the secret. Throughout March, guided tours will be offered to share the sugaring operation and other mouthwatering activities. To sweeten the deal, there will even be local chefs hosting live cooking-with-maple demonstrations each day at noon. Experience the full NH maple process and learn some history about mapling too.
2018 date: Times and dates vary
Check it out: nhmapleexperience.com
Maple Sugaring Day Open House: Families are invited to visit the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth where they can visit the sugar house and see demonstrations of early sugaring practices of the Abenaki Indians as well as today’s modern evaporator. After learning a thing of two about the maple sugaring process, enjoy samples of farm-produced syrup and stock up on maple syrup and treats for sale.
2018 date: Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Check it out: emickmuseum.org
Annual Maple Weekend: Sugar makers throughout New Hampshire invite visitors to stop by to learn more about the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring. Many sugar houses offer free samples of fresh syrup, as well as samples of maple candies and confections, coffee and doughnuts. Some locations even have pancake breakfasts, petting farms or horse-drawn rides.
Maple Weekend dates: Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25.
Check it out: nhmapleproducers.com
Maple Sugar Day It isn’t just maple sugaring houses that are getting in on the Maple Month fun. The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum devotes their grounds to the sweet stuff for this annual event, where visitors are able to learn about the process of maple sugaring and have a hand in making some themselves. You will even have the opportunity to sample the rare treat of “sugar on snow.”
2018 date: Sunday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Check it out: indianmuseum.org