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Thursday, March 1

a sugar house visit...

Last night Little Man and his Cub Scout pack took a trip to a nearby sugar house. It was a wonderful experience for them...as well as the adults!

As soon as we arrived we were surrounded by the sweet scent of maple syrup in the air. It was a bit chilly outside, so the warmth of the sugar house was welcome.

A step inside found us surrounded by equipment which was hard at work. The family was boiling sap which gave the boys an opportunity to learn about the process from beginning to end.


 This particular family business taps 5,600 maple trees and averages about 2,000 gallons of syrup.


And yes, samples were generously shared...the syrup was wonderful! Even though this picture is somewhat blurry, I still like it. It shows just how quickly it was necessary to pour to keep up with eager boys
(okay, and adults) wanting a taste!


It was a great evening and I left wondering if now making maple syrup should be added to my ever-growing wish list? Hmmm, maybe a trip into the woods to see how many maples I can find. A bold adventure...after all, it takes 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup!

I can't tell you how amazing the flavor of freshly-made, warm maple syrup was (and when I say fresh, I mean taken from the spout!) 

Yep...waffles and syrup are definitely on the menu this weekend!




7 comments:

  1. Looks like a place we visited in New England. I can still taste those samples...yum!

    You have the most beautiful page headers! I enjoyed your winter one so much but the new one is equally enchanting. Are you the photographer?

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    1. Hi Marie,

      I'd love to visit New England someday...it's on my wish list! You're kind to notice I put up a new header...I guess, after all, winter is almost over! Yes, I do take the photos. I'm still learning, but it's fun to tinker and see how they come out. And for every one that I really like, there are probably a dozen I delete from the camera!

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    2. Awesome photos and post ! Here in Ontario Canada we have our Maple syrup farms on the go now in the area. I just want to remind tou that Google Friend Connect is disapperaing, no following anyone with it and no one can follow you either . Hundreds of bloggers are and have including myself have hooked up to a Linky follower that lets us keep track of our followers and vise versa !http://www.linkytoolsblog.com/ I am hosting a Linky Blog Hop and would love for you to join so that we all can keep up with so many wonderful blogs ! Have a great day !

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  2. We have some friends who make the best maple syrup. Rene says he's going to tap a couple of our trees this spring :).

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  3. I'd love to hear how Rene does with your trees...be sure to send a sample south!

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  4. I would love to see that in action. We had waffles this morning but I bet our cheap store bought syrup paled in comparison to what you were treated to.

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    1. I have to admit the taste is amazingly different (but then, so is the cost when deciding at the grocery store!) What I plan to do is buy from this local farmer as often as I can. After seeing the family hard at work, and their kindness is letting the Cub Scouts visit, I'd like to support their efforts.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to visit!

 
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