By Kimberley on Mar 16, 2008
Another winter draws to a close.   But as Old Man Winter continues to hang on, bringing a few additional snowfalls and frozen nights, Spring is starting to barge her way in, bringing longer hours of sunlight, warmer days, melting snow, threats of floods, and the promise of colors to come....   Buds, leaves, spring flowers, grasses & meadows, and flowering shrubs & trees.
To some, this simply means Spring is Coming.   However, for many across Canada and the North East, this transition period means "Sugaring Season" is here!
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On our farm, the taps / spouts are in place.   Buckets hang from the spouts.   And as the trees warm up in the sunlight, a very pleasing drip... drip... drip sound can be heard as the sugar maple sap drips into the buckets.
|The tap and a drop of sap about to fall.||Georg collecting sap.|
Snowshoeing from tree to tree, we collect the sap, filter out any little bits of debris, boil it down for hours, filter it again, and bottle.   Throughout the season, local fellow sugarers visit each other, checking out how things are progressing, and sharing advice & sugaring wisdom.   Georg, a relative newcomer to maple sugaring, enjoys these impromtu meetings and gatherings.
Yes, Spring is coming.   But for now, it's Sugaring Season!   Next weekend, maple sugar houses all over New Hampshire will be hosting open houses to invite the public to learn more and sample the freshest maple syrup possible.
While Kearsarge Meadows is not listed on the NH Maple Producers' March 29 - 30 Events Website, we too will be welcoming friends and family to enjoy the fun of maple sugaring while we wait for Spring to finally arrive.