The old back yard rig.

The new shiny evaporator

Upgraded just a bit.

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Welcome to the
Willow Creek Sugarhouse,LLC
137 Willow Rd
 East Kingston, New Hampshire 

If you see steam we're makin' syrup.
Please stop in and taste warm fresh maple syrup straight out of the evaporator.

My name is Brad Rice, I am a chef by trade and I have a love for the outdoors.  With that combination, making maple syrup is perfect for me.  I also get a chance to get out of the house in late winter when cabin fever is at its worst. 

The spring of 2009 was my first season of making pure New Hampshire maple syrup.  I had 25 taps and made several gallons of wonderful amber gold.  The sap was boiled on my  backyard rig with a roasting pan on cement blocks.  It was then I realized I had been bitten by the maple bug and fell in love with the process.  

The following summer I started out building a shed and came across an evaporator and my plans changed just a bit.  I decided to make my shed a little bigger and add on a few more taps.  The end result was a beautiful sugarhouse, a Patrick Phaneuf 2'x6' Stainless Steel drop flue evaporator and about 250 taps for the 2010 season.

We are now  heading into our 7th season of maple sugaring.  The 2015 season started out just like the 2014 season it was a very cold and sap was hard to come by.  Things finally got going the last week of march and lasted well into April making the majority of my syrup in April.  It was slightly below where I was hoping to be for the season but made well over 100 gallons.  2016 is turning out to be a true El Nino winter and its the beginning of February and I already have most of my taps in and I am already collecting sap.  Can't wait to get the first smell of sweet steam off of the evaporator.  

NH Maple Weekend 2016
March 19th and 20th 
10am to 3pm
for more info please click on the
the"What's Happening" tab above.

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