New Hampshire Maple Syrup Season Arrives!
Did you know that the New Hampshire maple syrup industry produces about 90,000 gallons of maple syrup each spring? As frozen sap in the maple tree thaws, it begins to move and causes pressure within the tree. When the pressure reaches a certain point, sap will flow from a fresh cut in the tree and the result is maple syrup! It takes freezing temperatures in the night and warm sunny days to create just the correct pressure to make the sap run, making a great harvest.
It all starts in late February when small holes are drilled into the trunk of trees and a spout is inserted. A bucket of plastic tubing is attached to the spout and the sap starts to drip! As it is collected, it is taken to a sugar house where the transformation to maple syrup all begins. The sugar house actually boils the sap and it becomes concentrated and has the consistency of maple syrup. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of pure maple syrup. Now, that is a lot of sap!
Now what good is making maple syrup if you can't taste it? During the weekend of March 27th and 28th, New Hampshire Maple Producers will host a Maple Syrup Weekend. Over 65 sugar houses across the state will host visitors and offer free samples and demonstrate how the process happens. You can either check their website or call 603-225-3757 for a list of participating sugar houses.
Here's to maple syrup!