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 8th season of maple sugaring.  The 2016 season was my worst season to date.  the warm weather caused the trees to bud early ending my season  The 2017 season is off to a warm weather start again hoping for a better season than 2016.  with the addition of another 75 taps on vacuum that will help bring syrup total up along with that hope for consistent sap weather.  There is no better smell than the sweet steam coming off the evaporator.  

NH Maple Weekend 2017
March 25th and 26th 
10am to 3pm
for more info please click on the
the"What's Happening" tab above.

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