In much of New Hampshire, one of the early signs of spring is when the maple trees are tapped for sap. The conditions have to be just right with cold nights and warm days which allow the thawed sap to run.
The Faulkners from Covered Bridge Maple Syrup House in West Swanzey, right next to the Slate Bridge, tap the large, old maple trees at the Bridges Inn. And after the sap is boiled down, they deliver maple syrup to us. We love serving it with breakfast.
This year, maple sugaring got off to a late start. New Hampshire Maple Sugar weekend is March 22nd and 23rd. Some of the local farms where you can watch syrup being boiled are:
Crescendo Acres Farm
, in Surry, just north of Keene. We often get maple syrup from Crescendo Acres and love visiting them not just for maple syrup but also to see their mini horses and alpacas.
The 15th annual horse-drawn sap-gathering contest at Stonewall Farm
in Keene, 9:00 AM on March 22nd. In addition to the sap-gathering contest, there’s plenty to do at Stonewall Farm.
In addition to serving fresh maple syrup on pancakes and other breakfast food, we sell maple syrup at the inn. We hope you’ll come see us!