||Late Fall/Early Winter 2015 Update
have experienced a spectacular fall here at Mapletree Farm. The vivid
colors of our maples will be remembered as some of the best ever. Those
maple leaves have fallen but we still see nicely colored oaks on the
tree line. Our weather has been warmer than normal with little rain. We
have taken advantage of this warmth to do major cutting and pruning in
the orchards. Trees crowding the sugar maples have been pruned back or
cut and the wood has been saved to fuel the evaporator in 2017. Yes, we
cut our firewood over a year in advance as dry wood makes the hottest
I was honored to be a guest speaker alongside Governor Maggie Hassan at
the Opening Ceremony at the 139th Deerfield Fair. Naturally we spoke
about maple syrup in New Hampshire and its benefits to the NH economy.
Do you know that NH producers drilled 560,000 taps last spring and made
154,000 gallons of maple syrup? At $60 per gallon average retail, that
is over $9 million in revenue. Value-added products such as maple
candy, maple cream and other maple confections bring the total even
Our Website and our brochure provide important information for you on
the new maple syrup grading standards set by the International Maple
Syrup Institute (IMSI). We switched to the International system with
this season’s production. In 2016 all syrup sold in NH must be labeled
according to the new grading system. NH still requires a higher density
standard than all but one other state or province. Yes, NH syrup is
nearly a degree thicker than most and that is very noticeable on your
tongue and on your pancakes. You get more sweet for your money here!
In approximately 90 days we will be out tapping our trees. So what is
to be done between now and then? Lots! Once Thanksgiving has passed
Christmas orders keep us busy. We still have a few of our 40th
Anniversary Commemorative one-liter jugs if you are looking for a
unique and flavorful gift. Yes, it can be shipped. The US Postal
Service flat rate boxes are the best way to send our maple products
across the country. The medium box holds a half gallon, two quarts,
four pints, or 8 half pints. The cost is $12.65. The large box holds
two half gallons, four quarts, eight pints, or 16 half pints. The cost
for the large box is $17.90. We will work with you to determine best
rates for other selections or combinations.
In late December and January we work on tap lines, either repairing
storm and animal damage or making new installations. Starting in
February we will be setting up the roadside collection tanks and
preparing the sugarhouse. By mid-February we are watching the weather
and looking for clues indicating when to tap. Our favorite clue is
seeing squirrels nipping maple buds and drinking the sap. Mother Nature
As always, we welcome both your questions and your visits. Like so many
small producers we do not have a store or regular hours. It is best to
call ahead to make certain someone will be around. We do not want to
miss your visit! Often we may be out gathering sap, checking tap lines
or making deliveries.
We like to share our story and our history with those who do not yet
understand why sap flows, how maple syrup is made, or what work is
involved in getting that syrup from maple tree sap to finished syrup on
There are only a relatively few short days during the year that sap
flows. We work many weeks to get ready for those limited days when
Mother Nature provides just the right temperatures for sap to flow. We
try hard not to miss that very first run!
Over the years we have made many friends at the sugarhouse, which has
been most rewarding for my family and myself. I encourage you to mark
your calendar now for a maple sugarhouse visit in March. You will not
regret it. We will update our Website with the Maple Weekend dates once
the NH Maple Producers Association has set the dates. I’m looking
forward to my 69th year of being involved in making maple syrup and our
41st season here at the Farm.
to Mapletree Farm. In 2015 we celebrated 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
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
year's Open House will be on March 19 & 20, 2016.
Hours: 10am to 4pm.
We Hope To See You There!
Visit Concord's best-kept maple secret!
be able to:
- Try samples
of syrup, coated nuts, sugar on snow and maple cream
the sugar house in operation
- Learn how syrup
- Watch the sap
flow through hundreds of feet of tubing
a self-guided walking tour of the orchard and woodland
up on maple products
for the whole family!
|Hours - By Appointment
We have farmers' hours. That is, when we are at the maple farm or
farmhouse we are open.
would like to come, by contacting us either by phone or email. We
around and looking forward to