Hey everybody! I actually slept in until 7:30 today. Confession that we went out to Friendly’s for ice cream last night. It was really good, and I guess that carb load helped me at the gym this morning. I got on the treadmill and did 4 miles that were really easy! Love it when that happens. Came home and had some yummy custard oats topped with Naturally Nutty and jam.
So good. I love how oats feel in my tummy after a work out. 😀
Then we took my mother out to a maple syrup farm! We are lucky to live in maple syrup country. It takes a while to get to the farms, as there are no direct routes, though. Nice drive, though. We stopped at the Dry Brook Sugar House:
This is a working farm with dairy animals, too:
They just have their heads through these bars to eat the hay outside below this photo- so don’t worry about them, they can put their heads in and out on their own.
First stop in the sugar house was a pancake lunch:
Yum! Topped with syrup that was warm from the evaporator:
So good!!! Then we took a horse wagon out for a short ride:
We just went a little bit into the sugar bush. Interesting thing is that it crossed over into Vermont!
These are the tap lines on the trees:
Each little blue feeder line goes into the big blue one, which runs into a large collector. It’s mostly gravity fed, but that black tube is a vacuum to help it along if needed. The collecting season is very short, about 6 weeks – and that will give you the entire year’s production! The perfect weather is days above freezing and nights below freezing. Once the trees bud out, then the sap becomes too bitter to use.
The sap is then boiled down in the evaporator:
Did you know that it takes 40 gallons of sap to make just 1 gallon of syrup? This stuff is like gold!
All that water boiling away makes a lot of steam:
Lucky us, we also saw them making maple cream, which is a soft spread maple syrup (and to die for):
This is the same process as making the maple sugar candies, but the temperature is lower. They weren’t making candies, but here are the little leaf molds:
Very cool process and amazing to me that a whole year’s supply is dependent upon the weather!
Next week I will be doing a giveaway of some dark amber syrup we bought here to some lucky reader! Make sure you check back 😀
Question: Have you ever had real maple syrup?