Every year the New Hampshire maple industry produces close to 90,000 gallons of maple syrup.
The season runs from about mid -to mid-April, depending on the weather.
As the frozen sap in the maple tree thaws, it begins to move and build up pressure within the tree. When the internal pressure reaches a certain point, sap will flow from any fresh wound in the tree. Freezing nights and warm sunny days create the pressure needed for a good sap Harvest.
We start heading out in late February to tap sugar maples and set up our tubes and buckets to start the collection process.
Once collected we transport the sap to the sugar house where it is boiled down in an evaporator over a hot fire. As the steam rises from the evaporator pans, the sap becomes more concentrated until it finally reaches the proper density to be classified as syrup. It is then drawn from the evaporator, filtered, graded, and bottled. It takes approximately forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of pure maple syrup.
Here at Goosebook Meadows Sugar House we sell maple syrup but also use maple to make rubs, maple sugar and other maple goodies.