New Hampshire governor taps the first maple tree

March 15, 2021

Maple sap has begun to flow across CSG’s Eastern Region. As a tradition, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu tapped the first maple tree to officially kick off Maple Week in the state. The governor spoke before tapping two trees at Connolly Brothers Dairy Farm in Temple, New Hampshire.

people around sap bucket attached to tree

Kate Ziehm, president of Morning Ag Clips, LLC, Greenwich, New York; used with permission

Governor Sununu read a proclamation honoring the 75th anniversary of the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts. The 40 or so attendees watched as the governor drilled the trees with a hand drill, put taps in, and hung the buckets. The governor needed help drilling and seating the taps, so he called on the children that were there to help him.

Sununu commented that maple sap flowing was a signal to him that winter is ending, and spring is within sight.

The event was sponsored by the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts, the New Hampshire Maple Producers, and the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau. The hosts were the Connolly Brothers and their parents. New Hampshire Agriculture Commissioner Shawn Jasper and State Senator Denise Ricciardi participated.

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