Sugar houses open for visit in Vermont, New Hampshire

Posted March 19, 2011, at 12:55 p.m.
Last modified March 19, 2011, at 2:08 p.m.

CONCORD, N.H. — Maple sugar houses across Vermont and New Hampshire will be open to the public this weekend to celebrate the season.

The event celebrates the spring tradition of tapping trees for sap and turning it into maple syrup.

Visitors to sugar houses will learn how the sap is boiled and the syrup is made, and get a chance to taste samples, or even sugar on snow.

The sap collecting can run from mid-February through early April. Last year the season yielded 890,000 gallons of syrup in Vermont — the country’s largest maple producer — and typically generates an average of 90,000 gallons in New Hampshire.

Maine holds its statewide maple open house next Sunday, March 27.