Monday, March 24, 2014

Scenes from the Road 9 - Maple Weekend

This past weekend was New Hampshire's 19th Annual Maple Weekend. Sugar makers across the state open their doors to the public sharing their boiling shacks and the process of turning tree sap into the delicious maple syrup that we all know and love.
My youngest son and I ventured out to Folsom's Sugar House in Chester, NH. It is tucked off the road into a wooded section of trees.
Their website says they were inspired by the small houses at Colonial Williamsburg when they built the store, which is the charming tiny yellow house attached to the sugar shack. Their retail area is filled with the most tempting maple sweetened treats.
A treasured tool from days gone by greets you as walk up to the building.
 The steam coming from the roof of the sugar shack lets you know that the sugaring season has begun.
I found this video interview with the owner of Folsom's Sugar House that has some great information about the process of sugaring and the business side of things.
The huge evaporator fills the room and works tirelessly to boil down the sap.
We couldn't leave Folsom's Sugar House without sampling some 'Maple Cookies' and enjoying a 'Maple Sundae'.
We also bought some of their Maple Syrup and I can't wait to use it in a new recipe that I have been wanting to try.
We enjoyed our little trip into the world of sugaring and hope you did too.


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4 comments:

  1. How I miss having week-ends off to do these wonderful things! There's nothing like the smell of fresh maple syrup boiling. It's like a little slice of heaven!

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  2. My husband LOVES real maple syrup...it's all he'll put on his pancakes and waffles. His sister buys him a one-gallon jug from out East every year for his birthday. :) (It lasts him a couple months is all...)

    -andi

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  3. Oh how interesting, I really enjoyed the video and the store and maple house are so beautiful. What a fun outing. Hugs, Marty

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  4. How fun! My uncle and cousin make their own maple syrup, and I always love to receive some. Although I just talked to my aunt today, and she said the trees were not running yet with this crazy weather:)

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