Experience Maple Sugaring Month in New Hampshire
Find out what's happening in March for sweet, sticky fun for the whole family
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 7 through March 29, 2020 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.
2020 dates: Saturdays, March 14, 21, 28; Sundays, March 15, 22, 29
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.
2020 dates: Saturdays, March 7-28; 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!
2020 dates: March 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 and April 4
Check it out: therocks.org
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 outdoor demonstrations of historical maple sugaring practices. 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.
2020 dates: Saturday and Sunday March 21-22 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.
2020 dates: Saturday, March 21 and Sunday 22, 2020 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.
2020 Maple Weekend dates: Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22
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.”
2020 dates: Saturday, March 21 and Sunday 22, 2020
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.
2020 dates: Saturday, March 21 and Sunday 22, 2020
Check it out: turkeystreetmaples.com
Start the day right with a hearty breakfast of pancakes drizzled with local maple syrup.
Heritage Farm Pancake House
15 Parker Hill Rd., Sanbornton
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
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
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
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.