If you live in New England then you’d be hard pressed to go a mile or two down a country road without noticing sap buckets dotting the landscape this time of year. Like old-fashioned main streets, village greens and white church steeples, sugaring season is just another one of those quintessential New England marvels long time residents are just so accustomed to seeing, nobody really gives it a second thought.
But to the girl who grew up on the West coast…. it seems like every season, every outing, is just one big adventure after another. There are so many new things to see and do here in New England that I feel like if we don’t get out and go exploring at least once a week, I might just burst. 🙂
Last week for date day the HH and I stopped in at Folsom’s Sugar House in Chester, NH to buy a bottle of local maple syrup and to get a glimpse of the maple sugaring process.
Brian and Sue Folsom started experimenting with tapping their own trees and making their own maple syrup back in the late 80’s with some borrowed equipment from a neighbor. They quickly became hooked and soon after that Brian Folsom built a sugar house on their property and Brian and Sue have been selling their maple syrup now to the public sine the early 1990’s. How crazy is that? I love it when people turn their hobbies into a business!
The back of the sugar house.
Brian Folsom at work boiling down the sap.
Did you know it takes at least 40 gallons of sap to make just 1 gallon of syrup? Yikes! No wonder the good stuff costs so much, it’s a ton of work!
The shop area just off the sugar shack. Isn’t it adorable? I would LOVE to have a small little shop like this someday on our property filled with all my rug hooking goodness and wool.
And the sugar shack! Gaaaaaa. Isn’t it adorable? Doesn’t it make you want to move to the country and tap your own trees? Mrs. HB, are you reading this? I think you should buy the house next to mine so we could make our own maple syrup and maple flavored lip balm!!! 🙂
Ahh the good stuff. The time and energy that goes into making something from start to finish, on your own property, with your own hands, it might seem like it costs a pretty penny when you compare it to the factory made, big business, sitting on a grocery store shelf stuff, but man oh man, when it comes down to it, small batch and handmade is always the way to go.
And maple cream. Have you tried it? It’s an absolute dream on cinnamon raisin toast.
Ahh New England, you have my heart. ♥
So, if you ever find yourself in Chester, New Hampshire in March, be sure and stop by Folsom’s Sugar House for a jug or two of their maple syrup. It rocks!
Folsom’s Sugar House
130 Candia Rd, Chester, NH 03036