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New Hampshire Maple Weekend: March 27th & 28th

My family loves New Hampshire Maple weekend! It is a sure sign that spring has arrived, and nothing beats the sweet smells and tastes of freshly made maple syrup.

Over 65 sugar houses across the state will welcome visitors this year on March 27th and 28th. Visit and learn how maple syrup is made. Taste free samples and enjoy a pancake breakfast, a horse-drawn ride, sap collecting, petting zoos, musical entertainment and more. Enjoy the smell of maple steam rising from the evaporator and the ambiance of a working sugar house.

According to the NH Maple Producers website, Native Americans were the first to discover the fact that sap from maple trees could be processed into maple syrup and sugar. While there are no authenticated accounts of how this process was discovered, there are several interesting legends.

One popular legend is that a Native American chief hurled his tomahawk at a tree which happened to be a maple, and the sap began to flow. The clear liquid that dripped from the wound collected in a container on the ground below. His wife, believing the liquid was water, used it to cook venison.

Both the meat and the sweet liquid that remained were found to be delicious. Retracing what had happened, they discovered the sweet sap from the maple tree made the difference. The process was repeated and the rest is now history.

For a complete list of maple sugaring houses that will be participating in this annual event, click here…>

You can also visit the NH Maple Producers website to learn all about the production of maple syrup in NH.

Which maple sugaring house is your favorite?

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