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From Tap to Table – NH Made Maple Syrup

If you have ever driven the backroads of New Hampshire during the early spring season, chances are you have noticed large metal buckets hanging on the trunks of trees. These buckets are used for collecting sap from the Maple trees only in the North Eastern part of North America. Once collected, the sap is transferred to a sugar house to begin the process of producing delicious and organic pure maple syrup. New Hampshire may arguably have the best pure maple syrup in the country and we are lucky enough to source our very own right here from our Steele Hill Resort property!

Steele Hill works closely with Tim and Heidi, owners of HT Farm LLC at 60 Federal Street in Belmont, New Hampshire where their sugar shack is located. Tim and Heidi tap the widespread maple orchards on the backside of Steele Hill to produce some of the most enjoyable locally crafted maple syrup around. Each year, Heidi and Tim set up close to 3,000 taps. These taps run into an extended piping network using plastic tubing which connects to multiple main lines to maximize the flow of the sap. These tubes lead to the large collection bin located a half mile away from the resort where some days they are able to gather up to 1,500 gallons of sap! Once the collector is full, they are able to pump the sap into a separate collector located in the bed of their vehicle to transport to the farm where they complete the process of making the syrup.

The sap season ranges from year to year and is very weather dependent, needing Mother Nature’s full cooperation by providing temperatures just below freezing at night and low forties during the day. This makes it just warm enough for the sap flow to thaw without being too warm and causing the trees to draw up excessive nutrients. On an average year, Tim and Heidi produce anywhere from 900 – 1,000 gallons of maple syrup. Guests are able to find the locally crafted syrup in our onsite Market and it is also used during our weekend breakfast offerings at the Hilltop Restaurant. The products all have a NH Seal of Quality based on the assessment from the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food. We also carry many of Heidi’s delicious homemade jams and original gourmet beef in our onsite convenience store.

New Hampshire Maple Syrup in Sanbornton, NH


If you’ve ever driven up to Steele Hill Resorts, you may have noticed the farm on your right just before you enter the property. If you missed it, keep your eyes peeled during your next drive as you will often see cows grazing in the fields. You may not know this, but Steele Hill Resorts also owns this farm. It is important to us to support the agriculture industry and do our part to preserve and recognize how we can contribute to the economy by supporting local farmers and allowing them to use our farm to graze their cows and produce New Hampshire Maple Syrup.

Before Steele Hill purchased the farm from the Fitzpatrick Family years ago, it was a dairy farm that was owned by the original Innkeepers of Steele Hill Resorts. Since then we have let local farmers use the land to graze their cows over the years.

We are currently working with Tim Duval, a local farmer who runs Bickford Family Farm out of Belmont, NH. Tim has been grazing his heard of Belted Galloway Cows at Steele Hill Farm for the past several years. He also actively manages all of the hay harvesting and fertilization programs on the agricultural land owned by the resort.

Tim has extended a large piping network through a sizeable maple strand on the backside of Steele Hill (the side that faces Lake Winnisquam). The harvested sap is then transported back to his new sap house in Belmont and boiled off into a delicious, organic, locally crafted maple syrup product that is sold both at his sap house and in the Steele Hill convenience store. On occasion, the syrup is also incorporated into specialty dishes at the Hilltop Restaurant, you can also find it available during breakfast and Brunch.

Guests looking to bring home a unique product to remember their NH getaway are sure to love the Bickford’s Family Farm Maple Syrup or the Cow Fat Soap sold out of the market at the amenities building! What better way to enjoy your New Hampshire vacation than taking a little piece of the resort home with you?