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:
https://nhpublichealth.force.com/nhgoferr/Proposal_Core_Listing_Page

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.

Schedule:

  • 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

Important announcement about NH Maple Weekend 2020

 

Union, NH: The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association (NHMPA) Board of Directors has been closely watching the effect that COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus) is having on our local communities, the state of NH, and our neighboring states. It is with heavy hearts that the NHMPA Board of Directors has chosen to cancel NH Maple Weekend and the remainder of NH Maple Month.

NH sugar makers will still have maple syrup and maple products available as this maple sugaring season was off to a great start. Local sugar houses can be contacted directly to see if they are open for guests. Additionally, NH sugar houses may offer off-hours pick-up, sell their products online, and be willing to mail their delicious maple products right to the customers door.

Each March, NH maple sugaring families look forward to welcoming folks to their sugar houses and showing off NH’s rich maple tradition. The NHMPA is in the early stages of planning a fall NH sugar house event. More information will be available shortly.

About the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association, Inc: The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association, Inc. is a non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting the high quality of New Hampshire’s maple sugaring tradition. The NHMPA organizes several events throughout the year including NH Maple Weekend on March 20-21, 2021, when our sugar houses are open to the public, NH Maple Month, the Felker Prize for NH youth and the tapping of the first maple by the governor. Learn more at www.nhmapleproducers.com.

2020 Syrup Hydrometer Clinics

The Division of Regulatory Services will be holding 6 hydrometer clinics for New Hampshire maple producers. Agricultural Inspector, Janis Conner, Alice Tuson, or Shane Conlin will be present to check the accuracy of syrup hydrometers. In addition, information pertaining to the NH Maple Rules, the Department’s Seal of Quality Program, Voluntary Registration, and Organic Certification program will be available.

In the event of inclement weather, please call the office at 271-3685, to confirm the clinic has not been cancelled.

All clinics will run from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Rockingham County
Tuesday, February 4th
UNH Cooperative Extension Office
113 North Rd, Brentwood NH

Coos County
Tuesday, February 4th
UNH Extension Office
629 A Main St., Lancaster NH

Cheshire County (NEW LOCATION!)
Thursday, February 6th
Cheshire County UNH Extension Office
73 Main Street, Conway NH

Carroll County
Tuesday, February 11th
Carroll Country Extension Office
73 Main Street, Conway NH

Grafton County
Thursday, February 13th
Grafton Country Cooperative Extension Office
3855 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill NH

Merrimack County
Thursday, February 13th
State House Annex, Room 201
25 Capitol Street, Concord NH

Please call our office at 603-271-3685 if you have any questions.

 

2020 Hydrometer Clinic Flyer

Board Directors Meeting May 21st 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 6 PM – 9 PM

Board Directors Meeting – The Farm Bureau at 295 Sheep Davis Road, Concord NH.

The NHMPA will be having a board of directors meeting on Tuesday, May 21st from 6 PM – 9 PM at NH Farm Bureau Building. 295 Sheep Davis Rd Concord.

Annual NH Maple Tree Tap with the Governor

Monday, March 4, 2019 at 3 PM – 4 PM

Intervale Farm Pancake House – 931 Flanders Rd, Henniker, New Hampshire 03242

Kick off NH Maple Month in style as Governor Chris Sununu taps the ceremonial NH maple tree. All are welcome to this free, family-friendly event.

This year marks an extra special anniversary. In 1999, students from John Stark Regional High School planted maple saplings at Intervale Farm Pancake House. Now 20 years later, those trees are ready to be tapped. As Governor Sununu taps one, some of the students who originally planted the trees will be there to cheer him on.

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 Month, a month long celebration of NH’s great maple tradition.

2019 Syrup Hydrometer Clinics

The Division of Regulatory Services will be holding 6 hydrometer clinics for New Hampshire maple producers. Agricultural Inspector, Janis Conner, Alice Tuson, or Shane Conlin will be present to check the accuracy of syrup hydrometers. In addition, information pertaining to the NH Maple Rules, the Department’s Seal of Quality Program, Voluntary Registration, and Organic Certification program will be available.

In the event of inclement weather, please call the office at 271-3685, to confirm the clinic has not been cancelled. All clinics will run from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Rockingham County
Tuesday, February 5
UNH Cooperative Extension Office
113 North Rd, Brentwood NH

Coos County
Wednesday, February 6
UNH Extension Office
629 A Main St., Lancaster NH

Cheshire County (NEW LOCATION!)
Thursday, February 7
NH Fish & Game Department
15 Ash Brook Ct, Keene, NH

Carroll County
Tuesday, February 12
Carroll Country Extension Office
73 Main Street, Conway NH

Grafton County
Thursday, February 14
Grafton Country Cooperative Extension Office
3855 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill NH

Merrimack County
Thursday, February 14
State House Annex, Room 201
25 Capitol Street, Concord NH

Please call our office at 603-271-3685 if you have any questions.

 

2019 Hydrometer Clinic Flyer

New Hampshire Maple Annual Meeting

NH’s Annual Maple Meeting will be held on January 12th, 2019.

The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association will be hosting an annual meeting on Jan 12, 2019 at The Common Man, Plymouth, NH. Do not forget to get your lunch for $10.00 a person.

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New Hampshire Maple Month / Weekend

NH’s 23rd annual Maple Weekend will be held on March 24th & 25th, 2018.

The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association will be hosting Maple Sugaring Month from March 10 – April 1, 2018 and the 23rd Annual Maple Weekend on March 24 – 25, 2018.

Join the fun at a local sugar house! Sugar makers statewide will open their doors inviting the public to share in the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring. Come and talk to the producers in your local area. They will be happy to share with you how their operation works. Many will be offering free samples of fresh syrup, as well as samples of maple candies and confections, coffee and doughnuts. Some locations have pancake breakfasts, petting farms or horse-drawn rides. Experience the centuries-old craft and taste why pure New Hampshire maple syrup has long been a delicious harbinger of spring. Share in the excitement of the sweetest time of the year. You’ll be happy you did!

See Who’s Participating


See our video from 2016!