A Bittersweet Weekend For New Hampshire's Maple Sugar Shacks

Mar 22, 2020

This weekend is usually a time when New Hampshire sugar houses are open to the public for events and tastings. But this year, the 25th Annual Maple Weekend is canceled over coronavirus concerns.

And that's been a big blow to local producers.

Sue Folsom, owner of Folsom’s Sugar House in Chester, said the annual event is a huge revenue generator for both big and small maple makers.

"Oh, it is enormously important to the maple producers in this state," Folsom said. "For a lot of producers, it is the major source of income for their maple crop every year."

Folsom said the statewide association that puts together the event is already planning for a fall festival, to try to make up for any lost revenue. 

Many shacks are still open and accepting telephone orders. Folsom said calls for her maple creams are coming in.

"It is very delicious and yummy," she said. "And we have a very loyal following.”