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2020 Carlisle Award Winners
- 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
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.
Union, NH: The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association (NHMPA) is proud to announce that the winner of this year’s Lawrence A. Carlisle Memorial Trophy for the best NH-made maple syrup is Fadden’s Sugar House in North Woodstock, NH.
A multigenerational NH maple producing family, Fadden’s Sugar House is no stranger to sweet success. The family’s maple syrup has been awarded NH’s top honors seven times before. This year’s success is bittersweet as 2018 marked the passing of two family members, James H. Fadden Sr. and James “Jim” Fadden Jr.
“Congratulations to the Fadden’s for producing the states best syrup,” say Nick Kosko, President of the NHMPA Board of Directors. “Best of luck to James Fadden, Jim’s son, as he carries on the legacy his family has created!”
Commonly referred to as the Carlisle Award, the award is presented annually by the NHMPA for excellence in production of maple syrup. Entries are judged by density, clarity and flavor. Any of the 350-plus members can participate. To reach the final round of judging, a sugar house’s syrup must have placed in the top three at a NH state fair. This year’s finalists had their syrup judged by guest judge, Kathryn Hopkins. Hopkins is a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator, one of the creators of the International Maple Syrup Institute Maple Grading School and an inductee into the Maple Hall of Fame.
Each year, the NHMPA recognizes the best maple syrup from five maple producers. This year, Second Place was awarded to David Clark of Clark’s Sugarhouse in Alstead, NH; Third Place to Don & Barbara Lassonde of Beaver Meadowbrook Farm Sugar House in Warner, NH; Fourth Place to Sean Atkins of Atkins Family Sugarhouse in Washington, NH and Fifth Place to Marty Boisvert of Journey’s End Maple Farm in Pittsfield, NH.
The award is named for Lawrence A. Carlisle, a commissioner of Agriculture in the 1920s and 1930s, devoted to the development of the maple industry in New Hampshire and best known for introducing the maple grading system.
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 tradition. The NHMPA organizes several public events throughout the year including Maple Weekend on March 23-24, 2019, when all our sugar houses are open to the public, NH Maple Sugaring Month, the Felker Prize and the tapping of the first maple by the governor. Learn more at www.nhmapleproducers.com.
Support from Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan
Please read the link below and see how our senators are trying to help the NH maple sugaring industry.
Minutes from Board of Directors meeting on June 1, 2017
Please click here for a copy of the minutes from the Board of Directors meeting. NH Maple Association Board Meeting 6-1-2017
The voting for these minutes are as follows:
Dale S voted yes to accept
Steve R voted yes to accept
Nick K voted yes to accept
Bruce T voted yes to accept
Ben F voted yes to accept
Chris O voted yes to accept
Jeff M did not vote
Sara F did not vote
2018 NAMSC meeting minutes
Announcing the 2017 NH Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (NHDAMF) is pleased to announce the competitive solicitation process to award Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in New Hampshire. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/ Agricultural Market Service (AMS) has allocated these funds to the states and NHDAMF will be administering its portion funds as competitive grants.
The requirements and procedures for application are based on federal rules and regulations for SCBGP funding. More information is available at: http://agriculture.nh.gov/divisions/agricultural-development/grant-program.htm
The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (NHDAMF) is eligible to receive funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) under the 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). The NHDAMF wishes to offer eligible New Hampshire organizations the opportunity to apply for a portion of these funds under the New Hampshire Specialty Crops Grant Program to conduct projects that benefit NH Specialty Crops. Specialty Crops are defined as: fruit, vegetable, nursery, floriculture, herb, maple, Christmas tree and honey crops. For a complete list of eligible and ineligible crops visit the USDA AMS website at https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop
Grant projects may focus in the following areas to solely enhance NH Specialty Crops, but are not restricted to these areas exclusively:
- Food Safety
- Pest and Disease Prevention, Control and Eradication
- Research and Development
- Industry Promotion and Marketing
- Technology and Innovation
All reasonable proposals with appropriate documentation will be considered. Selection is a competitive process based on the merits of the application and support materials. No match is required by the recipient, but in-kind or other services will enhance the application. A total of approximately $225,000 is expected to be available for the 2017 NH program.
Selected applications will be included in the New Hampshire state application package submitted to USDA for the 2017 SCBGP funds. The federal deadline as recently announced is month earlier than past years. NH application deadline is April 28, 2017 (in our office by 4 pm).
To apply, download program specifics and application details at:
Sad News to Report
NHMPA member Eric Johnson of Andover, owner of Tucker Mountain Maple passed away on March 15. Please click here to view an article on the Dedication of the Johnson Family Sugarhouse