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2017 HHF Maple Season - Wrap Up

Posted 4/19/2017 7:40pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

Well folks, it’s been another successful season… and a long one! We tapped our maple trees at the traditional time in mid-February. The remainder of the 2017 maple season was far from traditional. We made more syrup in the month of February than any other season in our 50+ year record at 172.5 gallons. March came in like a lion, bringing back mid-winter conditions and temperatures below freezing. Our retail weekends were challenging to start the typical maple month with the subzero weather. With frozen pipes and lack of sap, we adapted our typical open house times. For the NH Maple Weekend celebration, temperatures moderated slightly but it snowed, sleeted, rained… something fell from the sky! Van and Robin even joined us to keep production running smoothly and assure visitors had a warm shot of syrup and a maple cookie as they headed out the door. Also, Brendan was working hard to keep the evaporator running so Tyler could spend time giving tours. 

  

Shortly after maple weekend, we were in for another change. The April Fool’s day snow storm dropped at least 16 inches of snow on the farm. It even fooled us as we fumbled to put the plow back on the sap truck, get the sugarhouse cleared out, and operate on somewhat of a normal maple schedule. The following week, as if Mother Nature flipped a switch, sugaring went into high gear as temperatures warmed and the sap flowed. In the 12 days of April before the season ended, we made 223.5 gallons of maple syrup which is 39% of our crop. Surely that explains why it took me a week to pull myself together enough to write this wrap up! 

 

 Here are some stats for you to ponder:

Total sap collected: 26,450 gallons
Average sugar content: 1.9%
Average gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup: 45 gallons
Maple season start to finish: 52 days
Number days we actually boiled sap: 25 days
Total gallons maple syrup produced: 577.5 gallons (best total ever! 2016 was just shy at 575)
Maple Syrup Production by month: Feb – 30%, Mar – 31%, Apr – 39% 

The biggest surprise of all this season: our incredible local community – customers, friends, and family. Despite the weather challenges, you visited the sights and smells of the HHF sugarhouse, and we had our annual chat around the evaporator. Tyler and I were fortunate enough to get a couple of spring skiing days in right after the season wrapped up – nothing like some sunny, slushy moguls to recharge the spirit! This week, we are pulling taps, rinsing lines, and preparing the maple trees for a long rest. Now we transition to winter cleanup and spring projects – such as spreading manure with a view!


Firewood Orders

Once we finish up sugaring, we start delivery of firewood orders. Get your 2017 order in now! For 14" to 24" length green firewood, the 2017 price is $225 per cord. If you are interested, contact us with your name and address to get on the list. We will let you know ahead of time if your location requires an added delivery charge. 


Need some Tree Work done at your home? 

Spring has arrived in the Sunapee region. It's the time of year for spring clean up, including tree care! Tyler is now meeting with clients for consultations and booking 2017 tree services. If you have some trees that may need to be looked at, contact us to schedule a free consultation and quote. Tyler is a certified arborist offering tree pruning, removal, cabling, and fertilization. 


On Farm Lodging available at Harding Hill Farm!

Are you or someone you know looking for lodging in the Lake Sunapee region this spring/summer? We have a rental home on our farm - a great place to get away with the whole family!

For more details, visit our website at www.hardinghillfarmnh.com.

The Lake Sunapee region has a lot to offer in the summer with nearby lakes, beaches, hiking, biking, and much more! We certainly hope this home continues to be a great gathering place for many families and friends.


Still need to stock up on maple syrup? Maybe some local beef or pork? Don't worry! You can contact us directly any time of year to place an order for pick up at the farm. You can also find our syrup on the shelves at several local retailers. 

As always contact us with any questions, price sheets, or order requests.

Thank you again for your support, 

~ The Webb Family


~Harding Hill Farm~
524 Stagecoach Road
Sunapee, NH 03782
Phone: 603-863-6493
Email: hardinghillfarmnh@gmail.com
Visit: www.hardinghillfarmnh.com