For a nature lover, it is a real thrill watching clear maple tree sap turn into beautiful golden maple syrup.
Last summer they cut and stacked well over 12 cords of wood, identified more maple trees for tapping, and ran lines.
Once March arrived, the spiles were attached to the trees and lines, and collection containers assembled.
Our friends use a pump to get it from the containers in their many fields to the tank in the back of their truck. Once they get back to the sugar shack, they pump it from the truck into the elevated tank. Then the sap flows into the shack for boiling to evaporate the water and finish up the maple syrup.
Did you know approximately 40 gallons of sap is needed to produce 1 gallon of maple syrup?
Once it has reached the correct temperature, it is filtered, bottled, graded, numbered, and labeled.
We had a lot of fun spending the day at the Lowell’s Sugar Shack in Alexandria watching them work their magic to produce delicious New Hampshire Maple Syrup. They have been doing this for many years and have a lot of experience adjusting to what each new sugaring season brings.
But, I do hope Mother Nature gives them favorable sugaring weather this week because sun filled days and cooler nights are needed for the sap to run.
This weekend is Maple Weekend across the state of New Hampshire.
The Lowells are well known in the Alexandria/Bristol area for being the kind of neighbors we all wish we had, working with the snowmobiling community, enjoying summer camping, for their year round hospitality, and their famous maple donuts on Maple Weekend.
Syrup will be for sale this weekend at the Sugar Shack and just maybe they’ll have enough left over to boil and make sugar on snow because that’s a dessert worth working and waiting for and my favorite.
Maple Weekend is another wonderful opportunity to support the people in your community who work so hard to provide food for your table that is locally produced. And, we all know locally grown and produced is the best. 🙂