This week-end is Maple Sugar week-end in New Hampshire so I looked online to find someplace local to visit. The Wilson Suga House seemed like just the spot! Only about 15-20 minutes away.
And you thought Suga was a typo, didn't you? Must be a New England thing.
At the Wilson farm they have about 140 taps. A small operation compared to most sugar houses, but a great little place to visit.
No buckets. Instead they use a tap and tube/line system. That way it goes straight to the holding tank. I don't think most places could use this system because the sugar house is to far away from the trees but it works perfectly for them.
We met the official greeter
And there's Mr. Wilson. A fairly young guy and very friendly. The farm belonged to his father, and grandfather before that.
Though some of the larger producing sugar houses are now pretty much automated this one still uses the old fashioned wood fired evaporator.
Aaahhh, the smell . . .
She was a bubblin'
As far as sugaring goes the season is pretty much over. Due to warm nights in March it ended a little early. If the nights stay cold enough they can tap until the beginning of April. When my husband was at work up in Vermont the guys were talking about the same thing, warm days but no real cold nights below 32 degrees. Except the night we were there!
It's a beautiful day here in the Northeast so if you're interested in getting out and visiting your local sugar shack here are a few links to find them.
Sorry but I couldn't find any information for Massachusetts for Maine.