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If there is steam we're makin' syrup!!! 

If you drive by and see steam then we're makin' syrup so please stop by and say hello. Taste warm syrup right out of the evaporator. Pick up some local syrup for your pancakes. I love to show off my evaporator and my sugar house! I will do my best to answer any questions. Best thing is to call ahead or send an email to make sure we are open. 

NH Maple Weekend 2019
       NH Maple Weekend Open house will be  Saturday and Sunday March 23rd and 24th from 10am to 3pm.   Stop in and smell the sweet aromas form the evaporator and taste some fresh maple syrup.  We will be boiling sap and giving tours of the sugarhouse, syrup samples, donuts and refreshments.  We will be selling Hot Dogs cooked in maple Sap for fundraisers. 

We will have Beautiful art work by Heather Crowley of Willow Road Watercolors in the Circle Studio.   As usual We will have 100% maple syrup, maple confections, Local Raw honey from our hives.  Its a good kick start to spring and a chance to get out and get a little mud on your shoes, get some fresh air and smell the sweet steam.   Hope you can join us for all the fun. 





 
NH Open Doors Fall Open House 2019 TBD
Again this year we will be participating in the NH league of Craftsmen's NH Open Doors fall open house.  Along with the Seacoast Fine art and Sugaring tour.  On November TBD from 10am to 4pm.  We will have our evaporator boiling with maple syrup samples and light refreshments.  Purchase some award winning maple syrup and honey or some maple confections to satisfy your maple craving.  Venture across the driveway and into the Yurt for Willow Road Watercolors and Circle studio.  Heather Crowley will have her wonderful artwork on display or everyone to see as well.  She is VERY talented.  For more information you can visit the NH open doors website https://nhopendoors.com/fall-participants/ for our itinerary and see all all the listing for the folks participating in NH Opendoors. 

Exeter Area GFWC annual Yuletide Craft Fair
November 17th from 9am to 3pm at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham, NH.  This our second best show of the year behind maple weekend.  So many crafters lined up all over the school.  Its really a one stop shop for local crafts.  hope you can join us we are usually in the same spot located in the gym.  Love to see all the repeat customers.  Hope you can make it. 




Spring 2019

Welcome to my website,

    I have been working so hard getting the sugarhouse going trees tapped making maple confections that I totally forgot to update my website.  Most of us maple producers work during the day and maple production becomes our second night job during the season.  My day starts when I roll out of bed at 4 am for my day job which I need to be on my feet all day, then ends when I come in the house at 10 pm or later on boiling days.  We are tired but its all for the love of MAPLE!!! 

    Well the season is definitely late this year and we really haven't had that big snow storm yet this year just a bunch a little ones but there is still time.  Its been a fairly cold year just cold enough with a few warm breaks here and there but not enough for the sap to flow.  the trees are very slow to wake up this year after that last cold blast the trees froze solid even the big ones. After this warm stretch and good freeze and they should flow like crazy.  The trees always need a good 2-4 days of nice warm sun to defrost them and create that "snow ring" around the base of the tree.  Its always cooler in the woods because the sun is filtered and even more so if there are pine stands.  Looking forward to a great season hope to see lots of folks on maple weekend.  If the forecast stand true looks like a nice weekend but that could change tomorrow. 
Brad  

           
       New Grading system
        Grade A Golden, Maple syrup delicate taste.....    (same as light or fancy)
        Grade A Amber, Maple syrup Rich taste............    (medium and a little dark) 
        Grade A Dark, Maple Syrup Robust Taste.........    (a little darker than current dark) 
        Grade A Very Dark, Strong Taste.......................    (basically a dark Grade B)   

      In Search Of More Trees
        We are always looking for more trees to tap.  With the increased demand for local syrup, Willow Creek Sugarhouse needs to expand.  So If anyone is local to me, and has woods that are just sitting there why not lease out your trees for maple production.  I will be looking for blocks of maples trees of about 100+ tappable (10 inches in diameter minimum)  trees will need be preferably sugar maples but also can be red, sliver, or norway maples. (these may be located in swampy areas as well).  The leased trees will be based on $$$per tap to the land owner.  All the details will need to be worked out on an individual basis depending on set up and lease agreement.  Will need a 110 power supply at the site for smaller maple orchards and if there are 500 or more trees a 220 line may be needed.  No more than a 10 to maybe 15 minute drive to the sugar bush as the tank will need to be emptied daily as well as pump servicing and turning them on and off as well.  
We are always looking for more road side trees as well.  These must be sugar maples 10" in diameter or greater.  They will also need to be local and sorta on my route of collecting as they will need to  emptied daily.  I usually pay those in syrup depending how many trees there are to be collected from.     
  

               Social Media 
     Please check out my facebook page  and like us there and check things for up to date goings on for everything sugarhouse related.  
     The Farm Stand
              The farm stand is open and stocked with syrup and honey. I didn't replace the sign yet but I will get to it some time I hope!!!!  You know I think its been some time I guess I should really get that sign replaced!!!     

             
Bee News            
             I haven't checked on the bees I know I lost the one by the house and I think one other I am hoping I still have the two strong hives.  I might go and give a little knock and see if I hear some buzzing.  

            Chickens and Turkeys
           I don't know why my ladies aren't laying good.  They are getting older but they are kinda freeloading right now.  As usual they are welcome to enjoy their retirement here as well as long as they are happy.  We lost our rooster "fancy pants" last fall we found him outside the coop guessing he was defending his ladies from a predator.  They usually lay very good this time of year.  Hopefully they come around.  might order another dozen soon get some fresh ones in there.  
            
Garden
           Its all about maple right now!!!   maybe some fruit trees this year.  

                 New Stuff  
     I have been making my own Rib Rub for years but I started making it with maple sugar instead of brown sugar and its awesome!!!   that was a big hit during maple weekend.  I have developed a pancake mix. My family tested several recipes that I came up with and decided on one that is very light and fluffy. It needs a little tweeking but its close.  Hopefully I have time to get some done for maple weekend. 

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