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Late August, 2015 Update

We are starting to see an occasional brightly colored leaf on the ground. Some of this is normal but early leaf drop is often due to tree stress. It has been an unusually dry summer, tough on our maple trees. At this time of year we monitor tree health closely by watching the changing colors and timing of the leaf drop. Trees showing stress are noted and will not be tapped next season.

Last August we noted in this section that New Hampshire was moving forward to adopt the new maple syrup grading standards set by the International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI). This is the year of transition when maple syrup producers are allowed to use either the old USDA grade system or the new International system. We switched to the International system with this season’s production. There has been some confusion regarding the replacement for the stronger flavored syrup formerly called Grade B. We have been recommending what is now called Dark Robust to those connoisseurs of maple syrup wanting a strong, robust maple flavor. Additional information on the grades is located on this Web site and in our brochure. We will gladly provide a copy of our brochure upon request.

Summer is often a time when we have out-of-state and international visitors. We enjoy the challenge of answering questions posed by our visitors who have no previous knowledge about how maple syrup is made. Of course the evaporator is not operating and sap is not flowing from the trees, but we sometimes package syrup that has been stored in our stainless steel drums since the production season. Visitors are frequently surprised at this process and had no previous idea of what went into packaging a sparkling clear maple syrup. We always explain the evaporation and filtration process in addition to a short walk to the maple tree orchard by the sugarhouse. No sugarhouse visit would be complete without a taste of our maple syrup. We are often asked why our syrup tastes so much better than the syrup from the supermarket. There are many factors that affect the taste of maple syrup.

Sap from maple trees varies in taste slightly from location to location based on soil conditions and climate factors. Factors affecting the flavor of the finished maple syrup are more definitive. Is the gathering and processing equipment clean? Are chemicals used for cleaning and/or preserving? Is the sap processed quickly? Has the sap been processed to a high concentration by reverse osmosis? What packaging and storage methods are used? Has the syrup been blended with other batches?  Typically syrup purchased at large chain stores, catalog houses, and nonproducing retail outlets is blended syrup that will not have the unique and distinct delicate maple flavor found in maple syrup made by an individual maple producer. Blended syrup is syrup from a number of producers or batches that is mixed or blended in a large tank, often to disguise off-flavor, and then packaged for sale. There are a number of large maple packers both in the United States and Canada. When we hear someone say that they prefer artificial maple syrup instead of real maple syrup, we ask them to sample ours. In many cases the only real maple syrup they have experienced has been blended syrup. It is fun to see their delighted expressions when they taste our fine quality maple syrup.

Fall is a wonderful time of year in New Hampshire. The weather is delightful, those pesky black flies and mosquitoes are gone, and the colors are spectacular. So what happens when leaves change color? During the summer, the leaves are the food production source for the tree. Chlorophyll gives leaves their basic color. Carotenoids produce the yellow, orange, and brown colors. Anthocyanins give us those brilliant red colors. As days grow shorter and nights grow longer and cooler, biochemical processes in the leaf begins the color change. It will vary from tree to tree, species to species, and from season to season. The amount of moisture in the soil will affect fall colors. A late spring or a severe summer drought may delay the onset of fall colors. The single most predictable factor in leaf color change is daylight. The shortening of daylight hours and lengthening of night signals the tree to prepare for dormancy. Chlorophyll production slows and the tree’s leaves turn color. Heavy frost or early snow will nip the leaves and bring a halt to the fall foliage season. Sugar maples usually have red to orange foliage while red maples typically produce yellowish and sometimes scarlet red colors. We always look forward to enjoying the variety of colors in our maple orchards. Please visit us and see for yourself. A foliage trip in New Hampshire is one to remember.

We always appreciate your interest in Mapletree Farm. Thank You  

Welcome to Mapletree Farm. In 2015 we will be celebrating our 40th year of producing quality NH-made maple from our sugarhouse in East Concord, New Hampshire. Making maple syrup is a craft requiring skill, knowledge and an eye for perfection. Combining practices passed down through the generations with the latest technology available allows us to make exceptional maple products, with a difference that you can taste. Maple makes a great gift. We ship our products all over the world, and will be happy to work with you on your order whether you are interested in a gift for yourself, a loved one, or for unique corporate promotions. We hope you come by and visit us during sugaring season to see our operation and our maple products. You can also check out our products page to see the variety of authentic maple products available. Sincerely, Meg and Dean Wilber
We are celebrating our 40th season!
Visit Concord's best-kept maple secret!  You'll be able to:
  • Try samples of syrup, coated nuts, sugar on snow and maple cream
  • See the sugar house in operation
  • Learn how syrup is made!
  • Watch the sap flow through hundreds of feet of tubing
  • Take a self-guided walking tour of the orchard and woodland
  • Stock up on maple products
Fun for the whole family!
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Purchase one of our limited edition 40th Anniversary jugs, filled with a liter of Mapletree Farm maple syrup!