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BIG news and the HHF Maple Season Wrap Up

Posted 4/20/2019 9:44am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm!

It always takes us about a week to gather our thoughts and transition out of a state of mind that revolves entirely around maple sugaring. It was a fast paced and grueling season. We had a late start while cold conditions and snowpack delayed the sap run. This gave us more time in the woods to fix lines and tap trees. We also continued our logging project while awaiting the weather change. Our first boil commenced on March 15th with a Friday evening spent sweetening the pans with friends and family. We spent 24 days in the sugarhouse over a period of 30 days – with the longest consecutive stretch being 9 days without a day off. Maple weekend was successful as always, despite a surprise couple inches of snow on Saturday morning. Sunday was the better day for visitors and those that stopped by enjoyed delicious HHF beef slider samples with a drizzle of syrup. Our newest product, bourbon aged maple syrup, was enjoyed by all and certainly sold well. Don’t worry, we still have some in stock! Once again, we enjoyed every minute spent in the sugarhouse sharing the sights and smells of maple season with our visitors. This season was truly special as we celebrated Brooks’ first sugaring season – a next generation in training. Sunapee Schools introduced maple sugaring in their third grade curriculum, and they visited us for a woods and sugarhouse tour to see modern maple syrup production in action. It was also our employee, Brendan's last maple season of his high school career. He is heading off to Paul Smith's College to study arboriculture in the fall, and we hope he'll be back to help out on weekends next year.

In total, we collected 26,795 gallons of maple sap this season – a significant reduction compared to the 37,675 gallons gathered in 2018. The element that saved us from a marginal season was the higher than average sugar content in the sap this year at 2.24%. At 2.24%, it takes about 39 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of maple syrup. In 2018, our sap averaged only 1.64% sugar which required about 53 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup. Quite the difference! The final count for maple syrup production yield us 619 gallons of finished product. We made a lot of great tasting Amber Rich this year followed by a delicious Dark Robust. Both the Golden Delicate and the Very Dark maple grades eluded us this year. It certainly is rare not to end our season with a very dark and strong flavored syrup.

  

Now for the BIG news we’ve been eager to share! Our maple operation is MOVING to the corner of Stagecoach Road and NH Route 103 to kick off the 2020 season. The Webb family has spent 50 wonderful years in the historic sugarhouse on the Johnson family property each spring. Van often shares that some of his best memories involve sugaring in that weathered building on John Paul Flat.

 

Our family is eternally grateful to enjoy a sugarhouse that carried so many stories and traditions. After much debate, we are making the big move as we construct a new building just down the road and adjacent to our own farm and forest. Our new sugarhouse will offer improved space for both sugarmakers and visitors while including as much historical charm as we can. A successful transition will take an enormous amount of support from our family, friends and customers. We certainly welcome ideas/suggestions from all as we move forward. Please follow along as we share our adventures in creating a family sugarhouse for our community to enjoy for many generations to come.


Firewood - It's that time of year!

We started taking orders for 2019 green firewood. Deliveries begin as soon as mud season clears 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.


Join our Team! - Full Time Seasonal Position

Harding Hill Farm LLC is seeking an entry-level ground person to join our tree care team on a seasonal full-time basis! We're looking for a hard-working, reliable, and enthusiastic person to assist our certified arborist with tree care services in the Lake Sunapee region. No experience necessary.
 
Applicants must have the following qualifications:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a valid drivers license
- Be able to perform physical requirements of the job
- Be willing and able to learn how to operate all equipment safely
- Have a positive attitude and desire to work outdoors in beautiful locations
- Provide references upon request
 
HHF is a growing and diversified tree care, farm and forestry business. The right person will have an opportunity to gain skills/experience on the farm as well. Pay is based on experience. Contact us by phone (603-504-4121) or email (hardinghillfarmnh@gmail.com).
 
Please share this opportunity with all who may be interested in working for our family business.

Tree Care Services

We're getting organized and scheduling our backlog of tree care jobs. If you're on the list, Tyler will be reaching out soon to discuss your project. We appreciate your patience after a long winter!

Now that the snow has melted, you may find that you have some damaged or vulnerable trees or you're just looking to improve your view or backyard landscape. Tyler offers free consultations for all of your tree pruning, removal, cabling, and/or fertilization needs. 

Our family business has the skill and equipment to provide you with the safest and highest quality tree care possible. We are fully licensed, insured and will provide proof of insurance with every scheduled job upon request.


Interested in our Farm Products outside of sugaring season? Contact us year-round by email or phone, and we're happy to send you info and put together a maple syrup or beef order. Orders can be picked up by appointment at our farm on Stagecoach Road in Sunapee.

We also offer customized maple syrup bottles for weddings and special events. Contact us with your design ideas and we will provide a quote!

  

Green pastures and spring flowers are just around the corner. Time to enjoy the longer days with a long list of spring tasks on the farm. The cows will be out to pasture some time in May and we break ground on the new sugarhouse this summer. Never a dull moment on Harding Hill Farm!

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