Sugar houses open for visit in Vermont, New Hampshire

As his 7-year-old Springer Spaniel &quotGalahad" sniffs around, Lee Kinney of Kinney's Sugarhouse in Knox gets drills a new tap hole into one of his family's trees for maple sap extraction. All told, Kinney's Sugarhouse has approximatley 8500 taps to trees on the 180 acres they own in Knox, Maine.
John Clarke Russ | BDN
As his 7-year-old Springer Spaniel "Galahad" sniffs around, Lee Kinney of Kinney's Sugarhouse in Knox gets drills a new tap hole into one of his family's trees for maple sap extraction. All told, Kinney's Sugarhouse has approximatley 8500 taps to trees on the 180 acres they own in Knox, Maine.
The Associated Press
Posted March 19, 2011, at 12:55 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.

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