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Steaming for syrup: Business is booming at Sunnyside Maples in Loudon

  • Owner Mike Moore walks into the evaporator room at Sunnyside Maples in Loudon Friday as the tempertures were ideal for sap running. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Owner Mike Moore seen through the steam from the evaporator at Sunnyside Maples in Loudon Friday. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Steam flows out of the sap house at Sunnyside Maples in Loudon on Friday. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Old-fashioned sap buckets adorn the front of the store at Sunnyside Maples on Route 106 in Loudon. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Owner Mike Moore checks the foam levels in the evaporator as the steam flows out of the maple house at Sunnyside Maples in Loudon Friday as it was good day for sap running and to make syrup. Moore is part of a four generation maple syrup making family. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Richard Moore,83 has been maple syruping his whole adult life and is part of four generation operation at Sunnyside Maples in Loudon. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Friday, March 10, 2017

With cold nights and moderate temperatures this week, the sap has been running hard at Sunnyside Maples in Loudon. Owner Mike Moore has been busy in his sap house along Route 106 where it takes between 30 and 50 gallons of evaporated sap to make one gallon of syrup. Sap sweetness changes from season to season – and even within a season – so the amount of sap required to make that gallon of syrup varies. Moore, 51, along with his 83-year-old father, Richard, are part of a four-generation maple syruping family operation located across from New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Temperatures between 25 and 40 degrees is optimum for sap to run and Moore says that means March is the best time for syruping. But temperatures are plunging this weekend, so Moore said he’ll be doing other chores. “I’ll be splitting wood all weekend.”