Backyard sugaring for beginner maplers

Maple Sugaring in Keene New Hampshire

Image by Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos via Flickr

The backyard sugaring workshop scheduled for February 2nd in Sunapee was re-scheduled for February 16th. See below for details.

Sugaring season is fast approaching!

Depending on the weather, the season in New Hampshire usually runs four to six weeks from mid-February to mid-April. This is when the frozen sap in the maple trees starts to thaw…expands and flows. Freezing nights and warm sunny days make for a good harvest.

If you are sweet to the idea of sugaring and making your own maple syrup, here’s the workshop for you. It’s for first-time and beginner maplers having less than 75 taps.

The program will be held in Sunapee on Wednesday, February 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be led by Steve Roberge of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

It will cover all the steps—from the tree to the table—and explain the needs and how-tos for:

  • identifying trees
  • tapping, collecting, and boiling sap
  • finishing, filtering and packing syrup
  • equipping and sizing your operation including using small evaporators (homemade and commercial)

Location: Sunapee Safety Services Building (just off Route 11) on Sargent Road.

Registration: The program is free of charge. Pre-registration is requested. Contact Chuck Hersey at 603-863-9200 or


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