NH Maple Producers Association holds Summer Meeting

Meeting included tour of Shaker Village in Canterbury

On Saturday August 14, a small contingent of members of the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association gathered for the 2021 Summer Meeting at the Hubbard Gallery within the Shaker Village in Canterbury.

President Dave Kemp kicked off the meeting by welcoming attendees and introducing Jason Lilley, of UMaine Extension, who gave a presentation entitled Maple Quality Control. Lilley said there are many reasons a syrup sample can be disqualified from judging, most of which are avoidable if sugarmakers keep some basics in mind.

Lilley discussed the four areas of maple grading and what can go wrong within each area. For density, he spoke about the need for accurate tools, like the hydrometer, and gave some tips to ensure sugarmakers are using theirs properly. He led the group in some math calculations for temperature correction and shared with the group an online temperature correction card that can help with the math calculations. Next, Lilley discussed syrup color. One of the key points he mentioned was if syrup color is close between two options, it should be given the darker grade. Regarding clarity, Lilley noted how proper filtering is critical. And after discussing flavor, Lilley “treated” the group to some syrup tasting. Some in attendance might not consider the samples a treat! Lilley shared additional resources related to flavor and taste: Off-Flavors as well as the Map of Maple from the University of Vermont.

Lilley let the group know there would be a maple grading school after the International Maple Conference in Niagara Falls NY in October for anyone who might want to extend their trip.

Following Lilley’s presentation, the group heard some updates on Association business. Bud Taylor spoke about the upcoming Big E and Deerfield Fair. Because there was not enough interest from members in staffing the booth at the Big E, Taylor was in touch with Gail McWilliam Jellie from NH Department of Ag, who was going to look into the possibility of hiring a concessionaire so the maple industry still could be represented at the event. For the Deerfield Fair, workers are still needed (September 30 through October 3), and anyone interested can contact Taylor directly. Taylor also brought along the boxes of Association apparel, including t-shirts, fleece jackets, and hats for anyone who might be interested in purchasing them. Also if anyone had suggestions for other items they might be interested in purchasing, they could make a request. For NH Eats Local month, the kick-off event was held on August 1 although a representative from the Association was not present. Kemp shared an update from the container committee. There was a question about the possibility of making the brochures for distribution at the highway rest areas. Stephanie Kelly from MAC/FC said the Promotions Committee had one meeting last month and meets again this week. The Committee did not discuss this project yet but will, along with a number of other projects. Kemp spoke about the Maple Museum, which has been inaccessible because of work being done at the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem. The Board is hoping to hold an in-person meeting there when the facility is reopened.

After business was discussed, the group headed downstairs in the Hubbard Gallery for lunch
before being led on a special tour of the Shaker Village.

Governor Sununu kicks off New Hampshire Maple Month

TEMPLE, N.H. — On Friday March 12, Governor Christopher Sununu formally kicked off New Hampshire Maple Month with the annual ceremonial tree tapping. This year’s tapping took place at Connelly Brothers Dairy Farm in Temple, NH. Governor Sununu also recognized the 75th anniversary of NH County Conservation Districts by signing a proclamation honoring 2021 as the Year of Conservation. Governor Sununu was joined by NH Agriculture Commissioner Shawn Jasper and other legislators as well.


Annual NH Maple Tree Tap with the Governor

Annual Governor’s Tap!

Friday, March 12, 2021 at 9 am

Connolly Brothers Dairy Farm, 140 Webster Hwy, Temple NH 03084

Find the sweet spot near you! One option: Connolly Brothers Dairy Farm in Temple, where Governor Chris Sununu will tap the ceremonial NH maple tree. For nearly 50 years, the Governor’s Tap has welcomed the start of maple sugaring season in NH. This time-honored event opens NH Maple Sugaring Month, a month-long celebration of NH’s great maple tradition.

Click here to read about last year’s tap!

Dear NHMPA Membership,

Dear NHMPA Membership,

The new Online Marketplace link is in place on the NHMPA Homepage for all who’ve signed up.  If you didn’t get your sugarhouse name sent in yet, please be sure to do so before October 29th.  The link listing will only be updated again on November 1st and December 1st.

To be listed in the Online Marketplace send an email to [email protected] with “Marketplace” in the subject line to include the following information:

  • Sugarhouse Name
  • Contact Name
  • Tel#
  • Email
  • Website
  • Online Store
  • Facebook Y/N
  • Shipping Y/N
  • Credit Cards Accepted Y/N
  • Maple Syrup Y/N
  • Maple Cream Y/N
  • Maple Candy Y/N
  • Maple Sugar Y/N
  • Other Maple Products (list individually)

We’ve also listed some updates on the next round of Covid-19 Relief from the NH Department of Agriculture and other Webinars to take advantage of to help with your operations.

Regards to All,
NHMPA Board of Directors

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New Funding Round Open for NH Agriculture COVID-19 Relief Program

The next funding round for the NH Agriculture COVID-19 Relief Program is now openAll farms that experienced  average COVID-19-related expenses of at least $500 per month or average COVID-19-related lost sales of at least $1,000 per month (as compared to 2019) during the July 1- September 30, 2020 time period are eligible to apply. Also, farms that registered for the original agriculture COVID-19 relief program by June 22, 2020 and have additional losses for the July 1- Sept. 30, 2020 period, may apply at this time using the same application form. The application deadline is October 15, 2020. Applications must be completed online.

Factsheet link: https://www.goferr.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt366/files/inline-documents/sonh/agriculture-application-fact-sheet.pdf

Application link:

If you have any questions, please contact me.  Thanks!

Gail McWilliam Jellie, Director
Division of Agricultural Development

NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food
PO Box 2042 (25 Capitol St.)
Concord, NH  03302-2042
Tel. (603) 271-3551
Fax (603) 271-1109
Email:  [email protected]

Online Courses in Maple Business and Financial Planning

University of Vermont Extension Maple Business will offer two short-form online courses this November. Maple Business Planning and Maple Financial Planning will provide current and prospective maple business owners with training on business management concepts and opportunities to apply new skills to their own business decisions. Each course offers a choice between registering for a daytime or evening schedule.

Maple Business Planning  This four-session course will guide participants through key aspects of preparing a business plan. Each session will review concepts in strategic planning, analyzing risks, marketing and planning improvements. Students will prepare sections of their own plan over the four-week timeframe of the course.

Maple Financial Planning  This three-session class will guide participants through the theory and mechanics of basic financial planning. Topics will include cash flow, balance sheets, sales forecasting and cost-of-production. The goal of this course is to identify important numbers and where to find them in order to make powerful decisions for your business.

Visit the Upcoming Events page at MapleManager.org to register!

Maple Webinar Series Continues

UVM maple specialists will also continue their series of online webinars focused on business decision-making and forestry practices.


  • Fall Tapping and Tap Hole Longevity  Wednesday, Septermber 30th 7:00 pm EST
  • Forestry and Maple Panel Discussion Wednesday, October 14th 7:00 pm EST
  • Tubing Systems and Forest Management Wednesday, October 28th 7:00 pm EST
  • Digital Entrepreneurship and Online Sales Wednesday, November 4th 7:00 pm EST
  • Sap-Only Enterprises Wednesday, November 11th 7:00 pm EST
  • Appraisal and Valuation of a Sugarbush Wednesday, December 9th 7:00 pm EST

Presenters will include: Abby van den Berg (Research Associate Professor), Mark Isselhardt (Maple Specialist), Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor), Chris Lindgren (Forest Business Coordinator), attorneys, foresters and industry specialists.

Visit the Upcoming Events page at MapleManager.org to register!

2020 Carlisle Award Winners

 2020 Carlisle Award Winners

At the January 25, 2020 Annual Meeting the Carlisle Award was awarded to Scarinza’s Sugarhouse in Randolph, NH.
  • Second Place was awarded to Hunt’s Sugar House in Hillsboro, NH
  • Third Place was awarded to Journey’s End Maple in Pittsfield, NH
  • Fourth Place was awarded to Atkins Family Sugarhouse in Washington, NH
  • Fifth Place was awarded to Beaver Meadowbrook Farm Sugar House in Warner, NH