Open House & Spring Equipment Sale 2022

Open House and Spring Equipment Sale 2022

Save the Date!

Join Us for our Open House & Spring Equipment Sale,
Friday and Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2022.

We'll be opening our doors for demonstrations, tutorials, and food. It's a great time to stop by, learn, visit with vendors, and checkout some great deals on new equipment. 

Spring Equipment Sale

Open House Schedule

  • 8:00am – 4:00pm:  Showroom & Equipment Sales Counter Open
  • 8:00am - 10:30am:  Free Coffee & Donuts, Register for Door Prizes
  • 9:00am – 3:00pm: Demonstrations & Displays Ongoing
  • 9:30am – 10:45am:  Tubing 101 - Gillilan Family Maple/Gillilan Innovative Sollutions
  • 9:30am – 10:45am:  Red Maples are they worth tapping? - Dr. Abby van den Berg
  • 9:30am – 10:45am:  Making Maple Cream - Rob Lamothe
  • 11:00am - 12:15pm:  Filtering & Bottling - Gillilan Family Maple
  • 11:00am – 12:15pm:  What can vacuum do for you? - H20
  • 11:30am – 2:30pm:  Enjoy some lunch, visit with vendors and other producers, check out the showroom.
  • 1:15pm – 2:30pm: Proctor Maple Research Center Update - Dr. Abby van den Berg
  • 1:15pm – 2:30pm: Reverse Osmosis - H20
  • 1:15pm – 2:30pm:  Making Maple Candy - Rob Lamothe

Topic Descriptions

Tubing 101 | Gillilan Family Maple/Gillilan Innovative Solutions
Are you tired of gathering buckets, and thinking tubing may be a good option for your operation? From choosing which tubing, what size mainline, and which spouts to use- where does one begin? Brad Gillilan will explain some of the differences between the products, guidelines for setting up a tubing system, tools needed, and some helpful tips to make the process easier and more productive.

Red Maples are they worth tapping? | Dr. Abby Van Den Berg
Red maple trees are sometimes ignored as crop trees for maple production due to several persistent beliefs, including that they produce lower yields than sugar maple trees. This study quantified the total annual yields from red maple trees to examine this belief empirically. If you have access to red maples, you do not want to miss this presentation. Some of the results may surprise you.

Making Maple Cream | Rob Lamothe
Rob Lamothe will demonstrate how to make maple cream. This seminar will also cover some of the finer details such as: how to check for invert sugar, packaging, using a good thermometer, and other helpful tips/tools.

Filtering and Bottling | Gillilan Family Maple
Have you ever had syrup that formed rock crystals on the bottom of your container? Or maybe you have packaged some syrup in glass only to find out later that there was something that settled out on the bottom of the container? Bruce Gillilan will explain how to properly use a hydrometer and ways to get the density right on. He will also share some of his filtering tips and techniques that he has learned that might make filtering your syrup a little easier.

What can vacuum do for you? And how to get the most out it | H2O
There are many advantages of going to vacuum, but where do you begin? There are many different styles and types of vacuum pumps and releasers on the market which one is the best? H2O will discuss some of the advantages of the different types of vacuum pumps (diaphragm, liquid ring, vane pump, claw pumps, or screw pumps) and releasers (mechanical vs electric). This seminar will also discuss the good and bad things about switching to vacuum.

Proctor Maple Research Center Update | Dr. Abby Van Den Berg
A summary of recent and ongoing research conducted by the University of Vermont Proctor Maple Research Center to assess the yields of various current tapping and sap collection practices, investigate the potential impacts of tapping on tree growth and health, and develop guidelines for practices to optimize both yields and tree health in the long-term will be presented.

Reverse Osmosis: The Basics and beyond | H2O
Are you thinking of getting an RO but have no idea how to operate one, or what else you will need besides the RO? This seminar will cover the basics of an RO: how an RO works, selecting the right size RO, setting up, and operating an RO. H2O will also talk about the advantages and rapid payback of going to an RO.

Making Maple Candy | Rob Lamothe
Making good maple candy is an art. In this seminar Rob Lamothe will demonstrate how to make maple candy using the fondant method. Come find out how to make candy on a smaller scale that won’t break the bank to get started.

New This Year!

Join us in supporting our local community. Bring in an unexpired non-perishable food item the week of our open house, and you will be entered in a special drawing to win a $250 Bascoms Gift Certificate. All items will be donated to a local food pantry.

Door Prizes!

There will be plenty of door prizes to win. Here are some of the prizes donated by our fine vendors that we'll be giving away:

NH Maple Producers Association
NHMPA Fleece Jacket & NHMPA Hat

InfraRed, Non-contact thermometer (-58°F to 932°F)

Padded Cooler

Maple Tree Design (15" x 16")

Townline Equipment
525 Gallon Sap Collection Tank