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2019 HHF Maple Season - Week 1

Posted 3/14/2019 5:58pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm!

The 2019 maple season is certainly keeping us on our toes. It’s hard to believe we are still waiting for Mother Nature to get her act together! While the temperatures rose above freezing several times this week, it still wasn’t quite enough to get the sap running. Lack of sun, cloudy conditions, and wind can keep temperatures in the woods colder than forecasted. The conditions did allow for a thorough walk-through as Tyler checks for leaks in the sap and vacuum lines. The sugarhouse also got some much needed TLC as we dust things off and uncover the maple equipment for the season. Today we felt temperatures into the 40s and expect 50s tomorrow with scattered rain showers. Ready or not… the season will begin.

Our plan is to boil tomorrow (Friday) to sweeten the pans and stock the shelves with fresh syrup. We've got 725 gallons of sap on the truck ready for the morning. Join us on Saturday and Sunday for our first open sugarhouse event – the best kind of fun we know of. You’ll get to experience one of our first boils of the season and taste fresh maple syrup as it comes off the pans. We'll also introduce a new HHF product this weekend - bourbon barrel aged maple syrup! Its been a fun experiment and will finally be available for purchase in glass flasks and plastic jugs. Keep us in mind if you're preparing for St. Patty's Day - we have homegrown Brisket available too.

  

The slow start to the season gave us a bit more free time than we typically expect in March. I should correct that statement, there is no such thing as free time. Tyler and Van continued to work on their timber harvest while also preparing the maple orchard and the sugarhouse for the much anticipated change in weather. The wait also prompted a look back on prior years.

As of March 12th, 2018, we completed our 14th day of boiling with a yield of 326 gallons of maple syrup. This year, we are still stuck at zero. There’s a lot of ground to cover in a limited amount of time as we march closer to April. Please do a little sugar dance and pray the weather gods will be working in our favor soon.


Kick off the Maple Season - First Open Sugarhouse

March 16th - 10am till 4pm
March 17th - 11am till 4pm
Our first official open house of the season!

Join us for a New Hampshire Family Tradition to celebrate sugaring season at Harding Hill Farm! Visitors share in the sights, smells, and taste of fresh maple syrup while enjoying a tour about how its made. 

Our farm products available for sale:
Maple Syrup (various plastic and glass containers)
*New Product - Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup*
Our own Grass Fed Beef (steaks, ground beef, chorizo, and more!)
*We do have Brisket on hand for St. Pattys!*

Don't miss the highlight of the season!
March 23rd & 24th - Maple Weekend

Celebrate the traditional NH Maple Weekend with HHF!
Detailed tours and a variety of samples and snacks

Mark your calendars for these additional open sugarhouse weekends:March 30th and 31st
April 6th and 7th

Reminder: The HHF sugarhouse is located at 131 Route 103 in Sunapee just below Wendell Vet Clinic. If you head to our main farm, you might find the cows but not much maple syrup!


Firewood - Get your 2019 order in

It’s that time of year. We started taking orders for 2019 green firewood. Deliveries begin in April/May depending on when sugaring season wraps up. Get your firewood order in by email or phone call as soon as possible! We sell out every year. Our price for green firewood is $255 per cord.


Tree Care Services

Harding Hill Farm offers a variety of services to meet your tree care needs – pruning, cabling, fertilizing, and removals. Tyler is a certified arborist and professional logger with a forestry degree from Paul Smith’s College. He offers free consultations with recommendations, itemized estimates, and proof of insurance upon request with every job.

We are thankful for a growing client base and increased demand for services in the Sunapee region. Our season for residential work starts after sugaring season (once the roads are no longer posted) and usually ends with the first snow before Christmas. Thanks to an early start to winter last November, Tyler has many carryover projects into 2019. He is currently booking out into early June. Have a potential project on your property? Do not hesitate to contact us.


Attention Grass Fed Beef Fans!

As always, we start the maple season with plenty of grass fed beef in the freezers. A variety of retail cuts will be available during our open house weekends. All beef cuts are USDA inspected, vacuum sealed, and frozen to assure a quality product. Have you tried our Chorizo sausage yet? It’s become one of our most popular items. Don’t forget to show up for some delicious samples during our annual Maple Weekend celebration March 24th and 25th.


Longer days, late nights, mud season, rubber boots, posted roads - yup, sugar season is here!

 

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
Email: hardinghillfarmnh@gmail.com
Visit: www.hardinghillfarmnh.com