New England Traditions: Boiling the Sap

Did you know that it typically takes nearly 40 gallons of sap to produce just one gallon of maple syrup? That is a lot of sap! According to the New England Maple Syrup report of 2012, produced by the United States Department of Agriculture, New Hampshire is the seventh largest producer of maple syrup in the country. It has a rich history of maple syrup production as a result of the abundance of sugar maples (Acer saccharum) growing here and because it offers the perfect climate for sap production – freezing nights and warm days, which we typically begin experiencing in early March. One of our popular educational programs here teaches students about maple syrup production, both traditionally and today.

Last week alone we taught nearly 150 students about how maple syrup is made, and today, I will give you a brief overview too! I invite you to stop by the farm to see our evaporator in action. Call before coming to make sure we are boiling.

Click on the first picture to watch an informative slideshow.


Of course, it isn’t all work – a hay ride around the property by Barney and Magic is always a highlight of the program!


Our Maple program is just one of many offered to area schools and home school programs. If you are interested in bringing a class here, please contact Sarah Antel at (603) 357-7278 or at


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