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Years ago, I wrote about my Uncle John Wilber handing the reins of his horses, Tom and Dick, to me as we gathered sap in his sugarbush. Millions of gallons of sap, thousands of gallons of syrup, and Father Time have brought me to realize it is time to pass the reins, to hand over the drill, to lay down the firing gloves, and to pass on my maple experiences. Mapletree Farm has been in East Concord since My family started it as a small backyard operation. For the past 47 years, it has grown and continues to grow.

We have watched the planted sugarbush grow to a tappable size and beyond. Many visitors have helped tap the trees and gather sap from them. Others have enjoyed walking the trails and observing the abundant wildlife. Seeing those frequent smiles is such a reward. Children are especially fun here and I wish I could adequately transfer to them my childhood memories of what sugaring was like when I was growing up.

We gathered sap buckets by hand often with yokes on our shoulders and used horse-drawn sleds to hold the sap tank. The sugarhouses had no electricity or running water. It was hard work. There are a few sap buckets here at Mapletree Farm. Yes, you can still catch sap dripping into those buckets, but now you mostly watch sap flow through miles of sap tubing.

The efficient wood-fired evaporator we have now makes twice as much syrup per hour as the one I fired as a teenager that was one and a half times larger. Yes, I expect to be at Mapletree Farm for a few more years but not responsible for much of the work.

There will be younger and more energetic blood running the farm next year. The transition may start as early as this coming July. I am excited since there will be changes made that I could only dream about. A nice change.

An inevitable change. That happened 75 years ago when Uncle John handed me the reins. I made some great syrup this past production season. Stop by for your maple needs. At my age, it will take me time to pass on the tips and experiences of making good maple products. You can also shop online through this website. A NH zip code will prompt a local pick-up option. Skip to content. Time Years ago, I wrote about my Uncle John Wilber handing the reins of his horses, Tom and Dick, to me as we gathered sap in his sugarbush.



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