Experience Maple Sugaring Month in New Hampshire

Find out what's happening in March for sweet, sticky fun for the whole family

Tapping trees at Heritage Farm Pancake House 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 9 through March 31, 2019 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.

2019 dates: Saturdays, March 9, 16, 23, and 30; Sundays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Check it out: visitthefarm.com


Tap Into Maple: 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.

2019 dates: Saturdays, March 2-30; programs are held hourly beginning at 10 a.m. and the last one begins at 2 p.m.

Check it out: prescottfarm.com


New Hampshire 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!

2019 dates: March 16, 23, 24, 30, 31 and April 6

Check it out: therocks.org


Fletcher Farm: The Fletcher Family Farm in East Washington has been in operation for five generations. On this self-sustaining homestead, Ed and Jane Thayer raise pork, chicken, beef and turkey, grow green vegetables, potatoes, corn and pumpkins and produce 110 gallons of maple syrup annually. During maple weekend, stop by for free samples of maple syrup made in their sugarhouse that dates back to the ’50s.

2019 dates: Saturday, March 23 and Sunday 24, 2019

Check it out: fletcher-farm.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.

2019 dates: Saturday and Sunday March 23-24 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Check it out: remickmuseum.org


Old Pound Road Sugar House: During Maple Weekend, Old Pound Round will host an open house each day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Watch as they make syrup and enjoy free samples of syrup and candy. Their syrup, candy and maple cream will be available for sale all weekend as well.

2019 dates: Saturday, March 23 and Sunday 24, 2019 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Check it out: oldpoundroadsugarhouse.com


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.

2019 Maple Weekend dates: Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24

Check it out: nhmapleproducers.com


Maple Sugar Weekend: 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 treat of “sugar on snow.”

2019 dates: Saturday, March 23 and Sunday 24, 2019

Check it out: indianmuseum.org


Turkey Street Maple: Help the folks at Turkey Street collect sap, watch them boil it into syrup and then sample it on freshly made vanilla ice cream. During Maple Weekend, Riverstones Bakery and Robert’s Farm will also be onsite with maple cotton candy and cupcakes.

2019 dates: Saturday, March 23 and Sunday 24, 2019

Check it out: turkeystreetmaples.com


Pancake Houses

Start the day right with a hearty breakfast of pancakes drizzled with local maple syrup.

Heritage Farm Pancake House
15 Parker Hill Rd., Sanbornton
(603) 524-5400
Enjoy maple syrup made onsite, farm-fresh eggs, homegrown potatoes for the home fries, and bacon from Canterbury’s Fox Country Smoke House.

Intervale Farm Pancake House
931 Flanders Rd., Henniker
(603) 428-7196
They’ve been serving pancakes, eggs, waffles, coffee and, of course, their own maple syrup for 30 years.

Parker’s Maple Barn
1316 Brookline Rd., Mason
(603) 878-2308
What started as a small sugarhosue in the ’60s is now an iconic New Hampshire restaurant.

Polly’s Pancake Parlor
672 Route 117, Sugar Hill
(603) 823-5575
Polly’s has been in the breakfast game for more than 75 years. There aren’t any premade pancake mixes here – all the batters are made from flour they stone-grind themselves.

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