Bascom Maple Farms Fall Seminar


Morning Session – 3/16” and 5/16” Tubing Technology and Installation

Basic Info
When: Friday, November 4th, 2016 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Where: 56 Sugarhouse Rd.
Alstead, NH  03602
If you plan to attend, please email, or call (603) 835-6361, before October 31st, 2016, so we can plan accordingly.

This year, Bruce Gillian and David Butler of Leader Evaporator will be discussing all things tubing. In this seminar, Bruce/David will talk about some of the different spouts, tubing, and other fittings that are on the market today and the situations where certain types may work better than others. Over the last few years, more and more people have been trying 3/16″ tubing and Bruce/David will share some of their thoughts—and what they have heard about 3/16″ vs. 5/16″ tubing. This session will also address how to lay out tubing systems for 3/16″ and 5/16″ tubing and some of the tools to make the set up easier for vacuum and gravity systems.

Afternoon Session—Reverse Osmosis

After lunch, Bruce and David will cover RO operation. There are so many different options for ROs out there, and Bruce/David will discuss factors that can help you choose the right RO for you. Come learn how to get the most the of your RO and properly wash an RO. During this seminar, Bruce and David will also unveil Leader’s newest RO for the hobby producer. Come with questions and get a refresher on how to get the most out of your RO.

Free lunch for those who attend the seminars!

Download our flyer (PDF) and see our sale items!

Open House Friday April 29th and Saturday April 30th, 2016!

Join us for our 2016 Open House! We will be hosting a variety of seminars with something for everyone, vendor tables, food, and door prizes, as well as our early order discount sale for next year’s supplies. Plan to join us!

Schedule of Events (same schedule both days):

  • 8:00 – 4:00 Showroom and Equipment Sales Counter Open
  • 9:30am Cooking with Maple – Alissa Bascom
  • 9:30am Helpful Tips for the Beginner Producers – Steve Roberge
  • 9:30am Cleaning or Replacement Strategies to Maximize Sap Production: Which is Best? – Dr. Tim Perkins
  • 11:00am Is it Okay to Tap Below the Lateral Line? – Dr. Tim Perkins
  • 11:00am Hydrometers, Filtering and Bottling – Brad Presby
  • 11:00am – 3:00pm Free Hot Dogs, Salads, Chips, Drinks, and Desserts
  • 1:00pm Maple Confections for the Small Producer – Katie Woodard
  • 1:00pm Your Sugarbush Questions Answered – David Butler

In addition to the seminars, we will have several displays set up with information, demonstrations, and representatives from various businesses to answer your questions on products and services available to sugar makers. We will also have a Leader Evaporator in operation.

Bascom Maple Farm
56 Sugar House Rd.
Alstead, NH  03602

We’re tapping!!

Bruce Bascom's father tapping trees.

When you set out to install over 90,000 taps, it is a good idea to get an early start.  It is still January, but conditions are favorable for sap flow, with nighttime temperatures in the 20s and daytime temps in the 40s, and we’re about a third of the way through tapping.  Hats off to our crew out in the woods who work year-round to maintain our sugarbush and some 400 miles of tubing!

As the season progresses, we will bring you updates from the sugarbush, with photos, video, and maybe even a producer profile.

Bascom Family Farms Begins Shipping Maple Syrup Labeled With The New Grades

Starting August 1st, 2015, Bascom Family Farms, Coombs Family Farms, and Brown Family Farm began shipping maple syrup labeled in accordance to the new maple syrup grading system.  We will continue to fill orders placed before that time using old labels while quantities last.  In addition, some of our private label customers have not yet made the change, so they too will continue to receive maple syrup under the old grading system for the time being.  Once Bascom supplies of maple syrup with the old labels is exhausted, we will ship exclusively using the new grading system.

Still confused about the new maple syrup grades?  Here’s a handy chart to sort it all out:

Maple syrup grades infographic