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2018 HHF Maple Season - Week 4

Posted 3/16/2018 2:44pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm!

 If you read last week’s update, you know it’s been quite a successful and consistent season so far. It’s pretty rare that we are boiling sap 6 days out of the week so early in the maple season. Our brief taste of spring certainly was too good to be true. The Sunapee region experienced two Nor’Easters in the past week along with several days of scattered snow showers. We now measure the snow in feet and wonder if those February days of 50 and 60 degree weather ever actually happened. As a result, our trees and sap lines are back in their winter dormancy for now. On the positive side, the snow in the woods is quite pretty and the skiers are happy to get those late season powder days.


We did have some sap for a Saturday/Sunday boil last weekend. The warmish weather on Sun/Mon also yielded plenty of sap for a late night boil on Monday night. The season total reached just under 327 gallons of maple syrup late Monday, and that syrup was generated from about 18,000 gallons of sap. The winter weather reset also caused drastic changes to our maple grade. For the first time this season, we made a Golden Delicate syrup (about 21 gallons of it!). We rarely make such a light grade, but we only have limited control over what the trees and the weather give us. I’ve had a lot of great questions recently through social media on the maple grading system. When I have a few moments to put thoughts into action and consult the maple expert (Tyler), I’ll share a future blog post on that subject!


Looking ahead to the weekend – Join us for some St. Patty’s day fun at the sugarhouse on Saturday, March 17th. The full crew is back in action, and we stored the minimal amount of sap gathered this week so we can make syrup on Saturday. A slow boil will keep the sugarhouse warm and inviting on what looks to be a chilly, March day. Due to the prolonged cold temperatures through the weekend, we will not open on Sunday, March 18th. We are nearly positive there will be no sap leftover, and that makes for a cold, drafty day in the old sugarhouse!

Two weeks ago and this week - Isn't this backwards?

Maple Weekend is almost here!! Please join us on March 24th and 25th for our annual celebration of New Hampshire Maple Weekend. Visit our Facebook Event page for all the details to share with friends and family. 

Upcoming Open Hours at the Sugarhouse...

Looking ahead, mark a few of these upcoming dates on your calendar to join us at the sugarhouse! 

March 17th - Maple Season Continues!
Join us for a bit of St. Patty's Day fun
March 18th - Closed due to Cold Weather

March 24th & 25th - Maple Weekend
Celebrate the traditional NH Maple Weekend with HHF!
Detailed tours and a variety of samples and snacks
Look for more details on Facebook or our website!

Stay tuned with my weekly newsletter/blog and Facebook updates for the latest scoop. 

Are you a fan of our Grass Fed Beef?

We have a variety of retail cuts available for sugaring season right at the sugarhouse. This includes ground beef, roasts, chorizo (taco-seasoned) sausage, and a limited supply of steaks! If you have a special request or a larger order, contact us ahead of time for a price list and availability. 

As we dive back into winter conditions here at the farm, the sap run is mostly on hold and Ty and Van are back in the woods for a timber harvest. The snow depth and cold weather is at least good for keeping the impact minimal in the woods. Looking ahead at next week, we may be in for even more snow! Our sources say spring starts soon, but we shall see. 

Regardless of the weather, our maple weekend celebration will happen next weekend. Stay tuned for my update next week as we prepare for our favorite weekend of the year. Think Spring!


As always contact us with any questions, price sheet, or order requests.

Thank you again for your support, 

~ The Webb Family 

~Harding Hill Farm~
524 Stagecoach Road
Sunapee, NH 03782
Phone: 603-863-6493