maple syrup http://nhpr.org en The Sugaring Life http://nhpr.org/post/sugaring-life <div class="transcript"><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Maple time in New England brings out the essence of the trees and the character in the people.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">For those who love trees, a tongue-tip taste of fresh maple syrup is a sacrament, maple communion at the end of a long winter. To ingest the distilled essence of trees confers the spirit of the forest itself.</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 44936 at http://nhpr.org The Sugaring Life N.H. Sugar Shacks Open For Maple Weekend http://nhpr.org/post/nh-sugar-shacks-open-maple-weekend <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dozens of sugar shacks across New Hampshire are opening up to visitors for Maple Weekend.&nbsp; A typical operation is Courser Farm’s Sugar King’s shack in Warner.&nbsp; The building is dominated by a huge wood-powered syrup boiler.&nbsp; Visitors pack in almost shoulder-to-shoulder sampling cups of syrup and homemade donuts.&nbsp; Penny Courser is one of several family members who pitch in for the weekend.&nbsp; She says they expect to see anywhere from 200 to 500 people for the weekend.</span></p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 45462 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Sugar Shacks Open For Maple Weekend It's Maple Weekend- But Is the Sap Running? http://nhpr.org/post/its-maple-weekend-sap-running <p><strong>This is Maple Weekend in New Hampshire, so we talked with Bodie Peters, President of the NH Maple Producers Association, to get his perspective on how the sap season is shaping up. </strong></p><p><strong><em>With the unusually cold weather we’ve had, are producers actually boiling sap yet? </em></strong></p><p>In southern New Hampshire, yes- in the north, there’s one I know of that did in January during that little warm spell.</p><p><strong><em>How unusual is this season? </em></strong></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Rick Ganley 45350 at http://nhpr.org It's Maple Weekend- But Is the Sap Running? Syrup Taste Test With Douglas Whynott: VIDEO http://nhpr.org/post/syrup-taste-test-douglas-whynott-video <p>We asked <a href="http://www.douglaswhynott.com/the_sugar_season__march_2014__120739.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Douglas Whynott</strong></a> to stay a few extra minutes for a sticky challenge: a blind maple syrup taste-test. The aim was to test his ability to distinguish between the various grades of maple syrup.&nbsp; We sat down with five cups paper cups - three were filled with varieties of grade “A” amber – light, medium, and dark.&nbsp; There was also a cup with grade “B” syrup, which has a stronger maple flavor and has traditionally been used for cooking, and of course the ringer – a brand-name <em>artificial</em> syrup. And because you can tell a lot by the color of syrup, both Douglas and I donned blindfolds for the occasion – well, not blindfolds exactly.&nbsp; Our producers tied one of my scarves around Doug’s head, and I wore my winter hat over my eyes, to prevent any accidental or intentional cheating. For good measure, we videotaped the taste test, so you can see for yourselves, there was NO cheating.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:10:18 +0000 Word of Mouth 45232 at http://nhpr.org Syrup Taste Test With Douglas Whynott: VIDEO 3.18.14: The Sugar Season, A Syrup Taste Test With Douglas Whynott, & The Best Family Cars http://nhpr.org/post/31814-sugar-season-syrup-taste-test-douglas-whynott-best-family-cars <p>Today on Word of Mouth, a sweet conversation with a man who <em>knows</em> maple syrup. Emerson writing professor and author, <a href="http://www.douglaswhynott.com/the_sugar_season__march_2014__120739.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Douglas Whynott</strong></a> joins us to discuss his new book <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780306822049" target="_blank"><em>The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup and One Family's Quest for the Sweetest Harvest</em></a>. Plus, we'll put Whynott to the test when he joins Virginia in a blindfolded&nbsp;taste test of 4 grades of authentic, New Hampshire made maple &nbsp;syrup and one imposter.</p><p>Also on the show, <strong>Jamie Page Deaton&nbsp;</strong>breaks down her list of the top choices for family cars.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Listen to the full show and click&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Read More&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">for individual segments.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:06:03 +0000 Word of Mouth 45233 at http://nhpr.org 3.18.14: The Sugar Season, A Syrup Taste Test With Douglas Whynott, & The Best Family Cars A Late Start For Sugaring Season http://nhpr.org/post/late-start-sugaring-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Relentlessly bitter temperatures mean maple sugaring season is still a good way off.&nbsp; That’s according to <a href="http://www.nh.com/nhguides/whattodo/nh-farms-and-pick-your-own/maple-sugar-houses/27567/beaver-meadowbrook-farm" target="_blank">Beaver Meadow Brook Farm</a> co-owner Barbara </span>Lassonde<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;&nbsp; She says typically, her farm in Warner starts seeing sap runs during the last two weeks in February. &nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 15:44:25 +0000 Amanda Loder 44386 at http://nhpr.org A Late Start For Sugaring Season Maple Syrup: Before The Sap Comes Out, New Labels And New Questions http://nhpr.org/post/maple-syrup-sap-comes-out-new-labels-and-new-questions <p>It’ll likely be several more weeks before most of New Hampshire's syrup producers boiling their sap into maple goodness, but there are big ideas and changes in the air these days around syrup production, from <a href="http://digital.vpr.net/post/sweet-taste-grade-inflation" target="_blank">new grading standards</a> for syrup-producing states and Canadian provinces, to <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/sap-discovery-could-turn-syrup-making-upside-down" target="_blank">research on sap</a> that suggests syrup could be produced in a way that's something akin to a row crop.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:08:31 +0000 Brady Carlson 43142 at http://nhpr.org Maple Syrup: Before The Sap Comes Out, New Labels And New Questions Word Of Mouth 03.23.2013 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-03232013 <p>All of the pleasure, none of the guilt. Our Saturday show gets you caught up, in a convenient snack pack size. This week….A video game attempts to replicate the experience of autism; spying in space with the help of spectroscopy; a look back to when <em>Peyton Place</em> was in its heyday, almost 60 years ago; the delicious and sweet tradition of capturing maple syrup; making music by “playing” a tower; and a musician gives a private concert in Studio D, then talks about teenage inspiration and her love of pie.</p><p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:41:18 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 24210 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth 03.23.2013 NH this Weekend: Tap the Sap http://nhpr.org/post/nh-weekend-tap-sap <p>It's Maple Weekend in the Granite State.&nbsp; More than 110 farms and sugar shacks will be open to the public with demonstrations of syrup production, maple products to taste and buy, and hands-on activities. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some highlights.</p><p><a href="http://www.nhmapleproducers.com/mapleweekend/weekend.html">Find a participating sugar shack near you</a></p><p><a href="http://www.e-pages.dk/thehippo/251/14">Want to tap your own? Read up on the basics of D.I.Y. maple tappin'</a></p><p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Ganley 24088 at http://nhpr.org NH this Weekend: Tap the Sap Sugaring: The Sweetest Science http://nhpr.org/post/sugaring-sweetest-science <p>Maple Weekend begins Saturday in New Hampshire, and that means Sugar Houses in the state are open to the public with boiling sap and sweet syrup to sample.&nbsp; And syrup producers around the state say they are hoping for a strong season this year.</p><p></p><p>Paul Weeks would rather be in his sugar orchard checking sap lines for leaks or adjusting the boil on his evaporator.&nbsp; But today’s bitter chill has given him an unwanted break. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Sean Hurley 26281 at http://nhpr.org Sugaring: The Sweetest Science The Sap Is Flowing This Year http://nhpr.org/post/sap-flowing-year <p></p><p>As producers prepare for Maple Weekend, New Hampshire Maple Producers Association Treasurer Howard Pearl tells us what maple syrup and other products mean to the state economy- and how the sap is flowing this year. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Ganley 23947 at http://nhpr.org The Sap Is Flowing This Year Patti Page: A Singing Rage, Who Had Her Own Singing Syrup Bottle http://nhpr.org/post/patti-page-singing-rage-who-had-her-own-singing-syrup-bottle <p>Singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/03/168564157/patti-page-remembered-as-the-biggest-female-singer-of-1950s" target="_blank">Patti Page</a> died on New Year’s Day in California. She was 85.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 22:52:45 +0000 Brady Carlson & Gina Gioldassis 19622 at http://nhpr.org Patti Page: A Singing Rage, Who Had Her Own Singing Syrup Bottle Despite Warm Weather, It's Maple Syrup Weekend in New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/despite-warm-weather-its-maple-syrup-weekend-new-hampshire <p>This weekend is <a href="http://www.nhmapleproducers.com/weekend.html" target="_blank">maple syrup weekend</a> in New Hampshire &ndash; true, you might not be thinking of sugar and sap given this week&rsquo;s record breaking temperatures, but more than 100 New Hampshire sugarhouses are opening their doors this weekend and sharing a little of the sweet stuff for visitors.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 21:18:28 +0000 Brady Carlson 2733 at http://nhpr.org Despite Warm Weather, It's Maple Syrup Weekend in New Hampshire