Apr 1, 2008

A New England tapping





Liquid Gold




Come about March here in New England, you can drive about and spot tin buckets hanging from the maple trees. As the weather warms the sap of the beautiful sugar maple begins to flow, and if tapped, will generously yield its bounty.

March is when the temperature begins to rise and the prospect of a 'sugar snow,' occurs. The snow will send the tree into yielding yet more of its beautiful sap, that we so eagerly gather here in New England. If you have never had REAL maple syrup, I encourage you to locate some and give it a go-it is so delicious. (don't bother with the fake wanna be syrups, they came from a stalk of corn and can never hold themselves up to comparison with the mighty maple's syrup!)

Bucket after bucket holding the clear sap that will be boiled down slowly over several days to produce the rich golden brown syrup that is certainly a gift from God!

19 comments:

Tracie said...

When I was little we used to tap trees along the dirt road that we lives on and take it to the "sugar shanty". Fond memories!!!

We just returned from a visit home (Pennsylvania). I made pancakes the other day, and Isabelle said, "Oh Mom, why didn't we bring home some real maple syrup!"

javamamma said...

Yummy!

Jenny said...

Oooooo...that sounds so good. I buy real maple syrup but I'm sure it's nothing compared to the fresh stuff.

Emily said...

Wow. cool.

Bobbie-Jo said...

I can't believe you have Sugar Maples!! We western Canadians sometimes think 'we' have the corner on maple syrup. The leaf is on our flag, even!

I've never seen a tapping, but I do know good maple syrup! YUM! YUM!

Guess I need to brush up on my American facts. ;)

Amber said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Wow, you are a saint to have that many children. I will add you to my blog so I can keep up with your journey.

Sondra said...

YUM! That looks so good. Nothing like New England maple syrup.

Lovella said...

There is nothing like real maple syrup. I never buy the fake stuff. I wish you were a wee bit closer, I'd start up my waffle iron. We have real belgian waffles with real syrup every week.

I'd just love to taste it fresh .. .I bet it makes a huge differnce.

julie said...

Wow, that is really interesting. I love REAL mable syrup. Yum Yum.

Have a great day,
Julie

Martie said...

Loved you pictures of the syrup. My Father in law always taps - but is taking this year off for some personal issues. I will miss the syrup this fall - when last year's batch is all used up.

Blessings,
~Martie

the mother of this lot said...

Looks delicious!

Penless Thoughts said...

How fun!!! We bought a bottle just like those when we were traveling there.
Susan

Amrita said...

This is very educational Kimmie. My sister brought us smome maple syrup when she visited us. I like it.

Christin said...

SWEET!!! Do you guys tap your trees?

BittersweetPunkin said...

I do miss the New England maple syrup....and the apple cider!

On Friday I am having a 200th post giveaway so hop over and visit me then!
Blessings,
Robin

Our Red House said...

Oh my, I would *love* to taste that!

Our maple syrup comes from Canada and is a real luxury, so we hardly ever buy it. One of my favourite Little House chapters is the one in the Big Woods about boiling the maple syrup.

Kate

Velvia said...

Hi Kimmie!
This is a great post, something I've only read about in books. I don't think I've ever actually tasted real maple syrup (how sad is that?). I'm going to try and find the real thing so my family and I can try it!
Love, Velvia

Greta Jo said...

YUM!

Foxy5 said...

My Aunt lives in Vermont. I haven't been there in years, but I certainly remember the syrup. Yum. There was a place by her house that had the best homemade fudge too. Oh, I'm beginning to drool. :)

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