I’ve been dying to go to NH, and my husband has been wanting to get up to Bascom’s to get some supplies for our maple syrup making, so since it’s maple month in New Hampshire, we headed up there this past weekend and did the New Hampshire Maple Month tour of a few sugar houses. If you are interested in making syrup, want to see how it’s made, or want some delicious maple flavored goodies, this tour is a must.
I left New Hampshire with a bag filled with maple popcorn, maple fudge, maple candy, maple whoopie pies, maple cotton candy, maple cream, maple pecans, maple tea, and a plethora of ideas for what to do next with our syrup. We even got to sample some warm syrup over vanilla ice cream. Talk about amazing! The farms also hand out samples of syrup and candy. I honestly can’t wait to go back next year!
On our tour, we visited five farms. We tried to go for six, but one of them wasn’t open when we stopped by; we’ll have to catch them next year. One thing I loved about this tour was how unique each sugar house was; each had it’s own charm and story. The experience was both exciting and different at each shack. The tour was also very educational, especially for my husband and me; we are continually growing our sugar operation, so it’s really interesting for us to see how all of these sugar houses started and how they have grown since they started. We drove home with new ideas and started setting goals for next year and many years to come.
Woodard’s Sugar House
Our first stop on our tour was Woodard’s Sugar House in Surry, NH. We pulled up to this gorgeous sugar house and saw steam pouring from the cupola, and my husband was thrilled that he was going to see some syrup boiling. Mark and Kati, the owners, are a great couple, and we had a wonderful time talking to them and touring their operation. The two actually had their first date in the sugar shack, which I thought was so neat! They really have a great thing going. Their maple offerings are amazing; there is so much to choose from, and Kati has done a really great job with their products and display. They started off as a 300 tap operation and have now taken over their neighbor’s yards, have a storage building, and boil on a large oil fired evaporator. While you’re there, ask if you can try a sample of their syrup over ice cream. It’s to die for! Woodard’s products you must buy: Maple Cotton Candy, Maple Whoopie Pies, Maple Cream, Maple Candy, Maple Fudge, and their syrup. While we were there, we got to sample a batch of the syrup they were making. It was very light and it was delightfully sweet. I’m a light syrup lover, and I am beyond glad I stopped at Woodwards. I will definitely be back again!
Bascom Maple Farms
Bascom Maple Farms is a HUGE operation and is one of the largest producers of maple syrup in New England and a supplier of maple products for sugar houses throughout New England. Bascom’s is a great place to go if you want to purchase maple supplies and equipment. They pretty much have everything you could think of and if something isn’t in their supply room, they will order it for you. If you want to know how bulk maple syrup is produced, Bascom’s is the place to go. You can tour there facility where they make 55 gallons of syrup every 10 minutes. That is a mind blowing number! If you’re not familiar with making maple syrup, I can tell you that for me, the little operation, it takes over 8 hours to make a single gallon, just to put it in perspective. The farm has acres and acres of lines running along the road and over the road, all pulling into silos, and they have an electronic system where they can track and monitor what lines are running and which have stopped flowing. They have 8,000 and 4,000 gallon tanks and make 40,000 gallons a year, and their reverse osmosis system is so large and powerful that they need a generator to run it. Their production is both massive and impressive!