maple syrup

Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

The Sugaring Life

Credit Charlie Kellogg via flickr Creative Commons

 Maple time in New England brings out the essence of the trees and the character in the people. 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.

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun March 23, 2014

N.H. Sugar Shacks Open For Maple Weekend

Outside Sugar Kings shack.
Amanda Loder NHPR

Dozens of sugar shacks across New Hampshire are opening up to visitors for Maple Weekend.  A typical operation is Courser Farm’s Sugar King’s shack in Warner.  The building is dominated by a huge wood-powered syrup boiler.  Visitors pack in almost shoulder-to-shoulder sampling cups of syrup and homemade donuts.  Penny Courser is one of several family members who pitch in for the weekend.  She says they expect to see anywhere from 200 to 500 people for the weekend.

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Morning Edition
5:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

It's Maple Weekend- But Is the Sap Running?

Bo's Sugar Shack

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.

With the unusually cold weather we’ve had, are producers actually boiling sap yet?

In southern New Hampshire, yes- in the north, there’s one I know of that did in January during that little warm spell.

How unusual is this season?

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Word of Mouth
1:10 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Syrup Taste Test With Douglas Whynott: VIDEO

Cheers!
Credit Sarah Thomas / NHPR

We asked Douglas Whynott 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.  We sat down with five cups paper cups - three were filled with varieties of grade “A” amber – light, medium, and dark.  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 artificial 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.  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.

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Word of Mouth
1:06 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

3.18.14: The Sugar Season, A Syrup Taste Test With Douglas Whynott, & The Best Family Cars

Author Douglas Whynott & Host Virginia Prescott
Credit Sarah Thomas / NHPR

Today on Word of Mouth, a sweet conversation with a man who knows maple syrup. Emerson writing professor and author, Douglas Whynott joins us to discuss his new book The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup and One Family's Quest for the Sweetest Harvest. Plus, we'll put Whynott to the test when he joins Virginia in a blindfolded taste test of 4 grades of authentic, New Hampshire made maple  syrup and one imposter.

Also on the show, Jamie Page Deaton breaks down her list of the top choices for family cars. 

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3.18.14: The Sugar Season, A Syrup Taste Test With Douglas Whynott, & Best Family Cars

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NH News
10:44 am
Sun March 2, 2014

A Late Start For Sugaring Season

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Relentlessly bitter temperatures mean maple sugaring season is still a good way off.  That’s according to Beaver Meadow Brook Farm co-owner Barbara Lassonde.   She says typically, her farm in Warner starts seeing sap runs during the last two weeks in February.  

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Foodstuffs
6:08 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Maple Syrup: Before The Sap Comes Out, New Labels And New Questions

New Hampshire sugar houses will soon be busy boiling down sap into mapley goodness.
Credit <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/5569497682/in/photostream/" target="blank">dougtone</a> via Flickr/Creative Commons

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 new grading standards for syrup-producing states and Canadian provinces, to research on sap that suggests syrup could be produced in a way that's something akin to a row crop. 

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Word of Mouth
2:41 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Word Of Mouth 03.23.2013

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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 Peyton Place 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.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

NH this Weekend: Tap the Sap

Credit NH Maple Producers Association

It's Maple Weekend in the Granite State.  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.

Find a participating sugar shack near you

Want to tap your own? Read up on the basics of D.I.Y. maple tappin'

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Word of Mouth
12:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Sugaring: The Sweetest Science

Maggie & Nate Brox in front of their Sugar House
Sean Hurley

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.  And syrup producers around the state say they are hoping for a strong season this year.

Paul Weeks would rather be in his sugar orchard checking sap lines for leaks or adjusting the boil on his evaporator.  But today’s bitter chill has given him an unwanted break.  

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

The Sap Is Flowing This Year

Credit NH Maple Producers Assoc.

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.

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All Things Considered
5:52 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Patti Page: A Singing Rage, Who Had Her Own Singing Syrup Bottle

Bottles of Patti Page syrup.
Credit Courtesy Gloria Zogopoulos

Singer Patti Page died on New Year’s Day in California. She was 85.

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All Things Considered
5:18 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Despite Warm Weather, It's Maple Syrup Weekend in New Hampshire

Syrupmaking at Middle Branch Farm in New Boston. Sugarhouses across the state are holding open house events during Maple Weekend - no matter the weather.
dougtone via Flickr/Creative Commons

This weekend is maple syrup weekend in New Hampshire – true, you might not be thinking of sugar and sap given this week’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.

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