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March 21, 2013

Local maple producers are optimistic

Local syrup producers have high hopes

The maple season is looking better than last year’s, which wasn’t very good at all.

But the 2013 season started the way local sugar-makers hoped it would and the weather has, for the most part, been cooperating.

The temperature needs to warm up above the freezing mark during the day, then drop below freezing at night for the sap to really flow. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to produce a single gallon of maple syrup.

Robyn Pearl, publicist for the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association, said the state produced just 90,000 gallons of syrup last year. In 2011, the state produced 125,000 gallons.

Pearl said commercial sales are at $6 million, up from $5 million just a couple of years ago.

The average cost per gallon for New Hampshire maple syrup is between $55 and $60.

Folsom doesn’t sell anything larger than a half gallon, which is priced at $34.95.

The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association hosts an open sugarhouse weekend March 23-24. Visit nhmapleproducers.com for a list of participating sugarhouses.

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