Last week the sugar maple sap started to run, warmer days and freezing nights. The sap starts to defrost and run. My pictures will show to ways of tapping a tree, the old traditional, method using buckets to collect the sap. Modern, today methods, tapped into the sugar maples the hoses will connect and run into huge vats....it can resemble a maze of tubing through out the woods.
(click on images for full size photos) For more images click on my photo set NH Maple Sugaring - a photoset on Flickr
Hertiage Farm, Sanborton, NH
Sugar Bear Sugar House, Rt. 104, New Hampton, NH
Maple syrup has different grades (how the syrup runs, collected:
Grade A - First run, light amber
Grade A - Medium amber
Grade A - Dark amber end of the 4 to 6 weeks season
Grade B - Darker, stronger flavor the last of run.
Family Style Breakfast at Hertiage Farm, Sanborton, NH
For further information check this site New Hampshire Maple Producers' Association - Welcoming Page