Governor to start maple sugaring season on March 11 in Lyndeborough

LYNDEBOROUGH – Gov. Maggie Hassan will kick-off the 2014 sugaring season with the ceremonial tapping of the first sugar maple at The Maple Guys Sugarhouse in Lyndeborough. The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, at The Maple Guys’ new sugarhouse at 311 Cram Hill Road, Lyndeborough.

The inaugural year of Hassan’s participation is also the inaugural year of the new location of the Maple Guys, who have moved their syrup operation from the Schoolhouse Road location to a new sugarhouse that was built this fall on the former property of Guy and Vera Holt. Here, Guy Holt tapped the established sugar bush for many years and produced fine maple syrup out of his old sugar shack.

Chris Pfeil now runs The Maple Guys with his son, Dylan, and his father-in-law, Ray Waterman.

Pfeil has been preparing the new sugarhouse location for months through planning, construction, installing the new evaporator and other equipment, cutting wood and running tubing. The Maple Guys are looking forward to the upcoming sugaring season but Pfeil said, “We’re off to a slow start due to the cold weather.”

The event is sponsored by the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association, local school children have been invited and it’s open to the public.

– KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS