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New Hampshire

March 4, 2013

Looks like a sweet season for maple producers

Sugaring season is on tap in N.H.

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“I love the snow,” Peterson said. “I wish there was another foot or two on the ground.”

Folsom said the recent rain made it easier to get around in the woods.

“We will just put our snowshoes on and just get out there,” Folsom said.

Despite last year’s disappointing season, Pearl said commercial sales are at $6 million, up from $5 million just a couple of years ago.

“There are more sugar makers and more trees are being tapped,” she said. “The technology being implemented has helped a lot. It will make the sap run faster.”

Pearl said the average cost per gallon is between $55 and $60.

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

“The cost of fuel has increased, which has changed everything so dramatically,” Pearl said.

Peterson credited the state’s Department of Agriculture for the increase in revenues.

“Their ‘Buy Local’ program has made people more aware of natural foods,” he said. “People are going out of their way to buy organic and all-natural foods.”

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

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