2.23.2012

in its own sweet time

 Isn't this one of the most beautiful sights you could imagine? I thought so.

Some people we know a little bit tap these trees and have made syrup for the past few years. I looooove it. Not just the syrup, but the whole thing. I wrote last year "The thought of people just making amazing things because they want to thrills me." That still very much holds true. The buckets are all along the road, in people's yards and wooded spots, and they appear all of a sudden at that perfect time of year.

I like to think of them as blossoms of sorts.
When someone told me that they have taps at a local little store (one of those places that carries everything) I stopped in to pick up a couple. My Dad has a woodlot, so I think I'll see what we can set up this weekend. I'll keep you posted.
 
 And I took this for you, too - I could have stood there all day.
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11 comments:

  1. where is that, I want to see it lol looks so cool!

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  2. It's in Argyle - definitely worth the drive. :)

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  3. So wonderful. ♥

    We had a sugar maple farm near us at our old house and I miss it so much!

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  4. OH!!! How I miss the Nova Scotia woods!!! AND CARL'S!!!! Anything that good is worth the wait. When you think about how slow each of those drips are and then how much you have to boil it down to make syrup! We are spoiled rotten these days. Our ancestors would be shocked at how we live. Thanks for the post Sherrie!

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  5. Oh, I love it! I was in Canada in 2009 just in time to help collect sap and boil it down to syrup...one of the most delicious things I've ever tasted! Nobody taps the trees here in Germany, I don't know if we don't have the right kinds of maples here or if it's just not tradition. So I love seeing it in blogs at least :)

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  6. Mmmmmmm. Maple syrup and maple candy. It's the best time of the year, really. ^_^

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  7. It seems so early this year! But there's nothing better than seeing the buckets on the trees!

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  8. Brilliant! I know some people in the UK tap Birch but it's not the same as pure maple syrup. Have a good time and I look forward to seeing how you get on.

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  9. Thanks, guys! And I wish you all could be here, too!

    Tanya, I didn't know that people even made birch syrup - I'm intrigued.

    Dad put taps in a few of his trees this afternoon, so we'll see how ours do! The wife of the man behind the operation pictured is bottling 90 or so jars a day - I think she said that they have 500 trees tapped. We're hoping to visit them and see more of the process. :)

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  10. Didn't you want to stick your finger under the drip...I mean, it could slip over there...a mistake, you know....I would! So how did your tapping experiment go?

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  11. Margaret - I did! I'll admit it. And frankly, it tastes just like water - I couldn't detect any sweetness. I haven't checked with Dad to see how his trees are doing - we'll see them tomorrow so I'll check in. :)

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