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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 Open Doors Fall Open House 2018
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 3rd and 4th 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. 


NH Maple Weekend 2019
NH Maple Weekend Open house will be  Saturday and Sunday March TBD 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 as a funraisers. 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.











Fall 2019

Welcome to my website,

Well it is offically fall in New Hampshire the leaves are still pretty green not much color here at the seacoast yet. There has been a chill in the air as of late.  Which is good because it was such a hot summer I still have some wood to put up before the snow flies.  Dropped off my honey and maple syrup samples for judging at the Deerfield Fair coming up this weekend.  Just got signed up for NH opendoors coming up in Nov. 3rd and 4th.  and the annual Yuletide fair at CMS in Stratham NH, Saturday Nov. 17th.  Add in holidays and the fall is just as busy as the spring!  Enjoy reading the updates, 
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            
             Its been a very hot summer and struggles with hives this year except for the one that over wintered only ended up with about 45lbs of honey off that same hive.  The good news is I will have 4 strong hives going into the winter, problem is there is very little honey in 3 of the hives.  So I will have to feed them to make sure they have enough to get them through the winter.  

            Chickens and Turkeys
           Just built a new Turkey Coop.  they have lots of space now with a heavy roost and can roost off the ground if they choose but a few still get cozy on the ground.  We had 9 wild turkeys in the yard the other day that stayed around for a while. Mine didn't know what to do about that.  I currently have 30 meat birds as well 80 total this year. 

            
Garden
           We had a bumper crop of tomatoes with over 125 lbs of tomatoes this year.  I have to get those processed into sauce in the next couple of weeks as they are taking up my freezers.  We also got some wonderful corn, green beans, cabbage, brussells sprouts and much more.  best garden I've had in years.  changed things up a bit with a 6 foot fence and a garden mat to control weeds.  I highly recommend one.  I used a similar mat to the ones they use on the floors in green houses.  and just spaced and cut holes with a small torch.  The deer, ground hogs, and rabbits couldn't get in.             
                       

                 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.  For this fall 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.  it will be ready to go for NH opendoors.    

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