Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Yet another sign of spring is the gift of maple sugar and syrup. This past week Tonia, Steve, and I have been gathering sap from the trees on Ft Hill and boiling it down at the lower maintenance building. Today we boiled down a nice quart of sweet syrup. I intend to pound some white corn into some mush and pour a bit over it this week for my family.

Last week my family tapped our maple tree in the front of our house. My son was surprised and a bit upset that the resulting syrup was only enough for everyone to have a tablespoonful on a scoop of vanilla ice cream! It didn't matter though because he licked his bowl clean and was very satisfied with his share. We look forward to the maple ceremony and the promise of a wonderful summer.

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