This is a re-post from last year. Enjoy!
City girl me had no clue about this stuff. I grew up thinking that the store bought corn syrup concoction called "Log Cabin" (how quaint) was "maple" syrup...well was I ever duped...and worse, many city folks were missing out on the good stuff!
The slide show and talk "SAP HAPPY!" was presented by the Leabs, who have family-run IOKA VALLEY FARMS since 1936. Ioka is located in Hancock, MA, which is just a hop, skip and jump down the road from our 1896 House. They do stuff year round for family fun and produce.
Come up and stay with us at the 1896 in February or March and go visit Ioka! It's only 15 minutes away, and close to Jiminy Peak Ski Resort, another worthwhile destination, so you can combine it with a ski trip!
BACK TO THE GOOD NEWS:
February is upon us, so somewhere after the 15th, when the weather decides to cooperate and make freezing nights and warmer days, the maple tree sap starts to flow...
Farmers and syrup enthusiasts run for the woods with their taps, their cordless drills and their buckets and hoses...Maple Sugaring Time is Here!
It only lasts about 6 weeks, then the angry trees change their sap to feed their budding leaves in April, making it cloudy and way too bitter for syrup. Sugar Time is over for the year, so maple syrup producers have gotta move fast! Sugaring does not harm the tree if done responsibly and correctly.
Today's event ended with a variety of grades of syrup tasting out in the hall. Velvety and delicate AA all the way to Dark B with it's wonderful mapleness.