And here is the song to go with it. Click to listen, while you read....
Maple Syrup Time-Pete Seegar
When the village library decorates its windows with buckets, jugs and sweet books.......
Tis now the season for buckets on trees..........
and trees full of buckets.
Tucked away in the mountains and hills are sugar shacks that are gearing up for making maple syrup.
Sugar shacks come in all sizes, configurations and colors.
They are hidden in the woods and on hillsides. Some look like little cabins.
Others are more portable, obvious and easier to get to.
Some sugar shacks look like something out of a story book with everything in miniature.
This new shack doubles as a bus stop shed for the kids.
Very cute and in just a week or so there will be steam coming out of the top of every sugar shack in the state as the sap is boiled off to make delicious sweet maple syrup.
There is a full weekend of Open Sugar Shacks where everyone gets to sample, maple candy, maple coffee, hot dogs boiled in maple sap, maple ice cream, maple butter on maple bread.... the list goes on and on!
Maple trees are one of my favorite trees in the forests. Their spring time buds are the first I see every year. They shade us in the summer, provide shelter for many birds nests and turn beautiful colors in the fall. The sweet sap is a bonus.
It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of Maple Syrup.
It also takes a lot of wood, labor, time and patience for it all to come out perfect.
This past weekend some friends and I went to local sugar house during the BIG Maple Open House Weekend.
Although no one was boiling sap yet, because the daytime temperatures were too cold to do so, we still got a full tour.
This particular sugar house was a very modern metal building.
They had big trucks to collect sap.
Inside there was the required Vermont Syrup grading kit.
And a new reverse osmosis machine to extract the most sugar possible from the sap
and a huge double decker vat to boil it all in.
Stainless steel from one end of the building to the other.
Here is a view of the16 filters that maple sap must go through, to remove any "impurities."
This is where the final product of Maple Syrup is bottled by the wife of the sugarmaker.
After our grand tour we were treated to raised donuts and warm maple syrup.
A crock pot kept the fresh, sweet syrup at a perfect temperature.
This year I decided not to have the maple coffee as I was awake for 3 days and nights from the affects of it last year.
So instead, I had 2 donuts and a lot of maple syrup.
I literally danced out of there.
Of course no visit is complete unless you go home with a gallon or so of the sweet stuff!
My favorite maple syrup treat is vanilla ice cream with maple syrup and a few sprinkles of cinnamon on top.
I also like to put the syrup in my coffee and in my milk.
What do you like your maple syrup on or in?
Got some in your kitchen ?