How many gallons of maple syrup are produced in New Hampshire each year?
New Hampshire is very proud of the 90,000 gallons of top quality maple syrup produced each year during sugar season.
Did you know Sugar Hill Retirement Community, still surrounded by many beautiful maple trees, was once home to a maple syrup producer? The original sugar house still exists on the property, and the retirement community proudly portrays a sap bucket and maple tree as its logo.
During sugaring time from mid-February to mid-April each year, maple syrup production takes place throughout New Hampshire, along with tours, tasting and many festivals.
Production begins with maple producers tapping their sugar maples by drilling a small hole in the trunk and inserting a spout. A bucket or plastic tubing is fastened to the spout and the crystal clear sap drips from the tree.
The sap is then collected and boiled down until it reaches the proper density to be classified as syrup. It is the filtered, graded and bottled.
4 more fun sappy facts:
- It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of pure maple syrup.
- New Hampshire has 4 grades of syrup: golden with delicate taste, amber with rich taste, dark with robust taste, and very dark with strong taste.
- Pure maple syrup is good for you! Its antioxidants can boost immunity, improve your skin, calm your belly and more.
- Sugar Hill Executive Director Chris Coulter is a maple syrup producer himself.
Sugar Hill Retirement Community sits along the shores of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro in Carroll County, New Hampshire, where several maple farms and sugar houses exist today. Take a look at Sugar Hill Retirement Community here!