search instagram arrow-down

Recent Posts

Archives

Top Posts & Pages

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 5,642 other followers

likeable-blog-1337-1x.png

Thanks for Freshly Pressing me again!!

Freshly Pressed

Blog Stats

Blogs I Follow

Blog Stats

And again! Thank you to all who follow and support me!!

DSC_9401

There’s an art and science to making Maple Syrup that I don’t begin to understand beyond the basics. I have never really done it though I have been around folks who do for more years than I can remember. Boiling sap is a Spring ritual in this corner of the world and we do it with gusto.

DSC_9400

DSC_9386DSC_9389

What is the dumbest questions you get all day? You know, where you just know if someone asks that one more time you not going to be polite?”

Shy smirk as he glanced at the floor. DSC_9391“They’re not dumb questions really. People who don’t live out here have no understanding and we are happy to educate them.” OK, so he wasn’t going to fess up.

“Well, then tell me, does it kill the trees?”

“Yup, I get that one a lot…”

DSC_9393

I headed to the farm store and cow barn. The expensive SUVs slowly sinking into the mud was stunning. The urge to see myself as snobby-local-chic glimmered in my mind for a moment. Another of the plaid-shirt battalion was greeting families as they shuffled into the barn.  “Anyone has any questions about what you’re seeing here, just ask me!” I caught his eye and leaned in. “I have a quick question. What is the dumbest thing you’ve heard all day?”

He reared back a bit and really looked at me. “They’re just folks, you know. It’s just that they don’t know any better and I figure I’m here to educate them.  But I gotta say these folks don’t think much about foot ware. When a bus load of kiddos from some elementary school from down Mass (down in Massachusetts) arrives and the gals get out with high heels on, I just scratch my head. Where did you think you were coming, the country club?”

Inside, warm smells and fuzzy noses met me. I listened as kids squealed “He Pooped!!” Parents cautioned little ones to watch where they stepped. Um, it’s a dairy barn, there are no boy cows here! I listened to patient farm hands answer for the millionth time what kind of cows these were; the dialog of breeds and crosses, genetic traits and production statistics was a little too in-depth for the families gathered around.

DSC_9394

DSC_9396

DSC_9397

The second Sugar House was larger. Despite the parking problem, (there was none except down one side of the road) it was laid out to walk the visitor from the collection station to final products. A smoothly orchestrated operation that left the visitor feeling educated and full or at least full of sugar. The evaporator was enormous by comparison to the first house. The tractor-drawn hay ride was ferrying weary day-trippers on the already congested road.

DSC_9405

DSC_9406

I snapped a few shots of Plaid Shirt #3 as a group was emptying out. He reached for a bottle of water and I ventured, “You guys are really busy. That’s Great!”

DSC_9408

He winked over the heads of the incoming crowd and replied, “If I don’t get something to eat really soon my pleasant nature is going to go downhill fast.”

DSC_9404

14 comments on “Boiling

  1. jaknisell says:

    I love this! I used to make maple syrup at a farm in Westminster every year. It was so much fun. It was a lot of time and work but the end result was worth it!

    1. Thanks Annie! There are a million articles out there about syrup…I was having fun with the people! Miss you!!

  2. Touring NH says:

    Looks like a great day! I love the smell of boiling syrup. It does beg the question, who first decided to tap a tree, collect the sap, boil it and use the resultant product? Did they try to tap oak trees first?

    1. Laura, only you would ask that, right? I wonder what birch sap would do? Now I am reading about Maple Water – why spend all that energy boiling when you can just bottle the sap???

  3. LauraBelle says:

    I have a friend that has a big maple syrup boiling party every year. I want to go visit her some time for it. I think it would be interesting to be involved in.

    1. Hi LauraBelle! Thanks for commenting. I am always in awe of the smell and the hard work these folks put in for a short period. It is so refreshing to visit and see it. Hope you take the opportunity.

  4. I will appreciate my real maple syrup – the only kind allowed in this house – much more because of you. 8)

    1. Thank you Susan! I have no head for all the stats but they were saying this year it is taking 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup!

  5. This looks like fun. Growing up we used to go to a local place where Ribbon Cane syrup was made ( from sugar cane) in the fall. A very small rough backwoods type place – smelled sweet and sour at the same time. Someday I’d like to get to maple syrup country (oh, that candy melts in your mouth)

    1. And goes straight to your brain! Lots of little ones bouncing off walls after all the “tasting” and maple sugar!

  6. I heard one syrup producer on TV say they had only collected 1/3 of what they had last year at this time. Chances are the price will be going up.

    1. Prices always “go up” as far as I can see. Oh and this fall the foliage will not be up to snuff because the summer will be too rainy, dry, cold, hot (pick your excuse). That said, I respect the hard work that goes into every gallon just as I respect the bees for every jar of honey!

  7. Marie Keates says:

    I’ve never really thought about the process of making maple syrup before but Laura is right, I wonder what made the first person tap the first tree and then boil the sap?

    1. Good point Marie. I always wondered who was the first to look at an egg and think, “I could eat that!”

Love to know what you are thinking! And thank you for commenting.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Putnam, in the studio and beyond

Reflections and ruminations in Education, Beauty, Art and Philosophy

Gringa of the Barrio

A Sassy Barrio Gringa Telling It Like It Is

Badfish & Chips Cafe

Travel photos, memoirs & letters home...from anywhere in the world

The city of adventure

From there to back again (usually on a bike)

Nolsie Notes

My stories, observations, and art.

Shellie Troy Anderson

~ WRITER, REBEL, RACONTEUR ~ AND MOST OF THE TIME A MIDDLE-AGED DESK JOCKEY

Oh, the Places We See . . .

Honey, grab the GPS.

The Task at Hand

A Writer's On-Going Search for Just the Right Words

The Next Phase Blog

Social commentary and opinions: No guns, politics, or religion.

Breaking New Ground in Zone 6

The adventures of Southern gardeners starting over in New England

Marsha's Bungalow

the WW2 era chicken coop

iwalkalone.co.uk

the world one step at a time

Tootlepedal's Blog

A look at life in the borders

Susan's Musings

Whimsical Stuff from a Writer's Mind

Travels with Choppy

A dog and cat in clothing. Puns. Travel. Bacon. Not necessarily in that order.

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

A Sawyer's Daughter

The Life & Times of a Sawmill Man's Eldest Child

Formaggio Kitchen

Artisan cheese, charcuterie and specialty food.

Not Another Tall Blog

Not just another tall blog. Because being tall is NOT all we talk about! Follow me for tall talents, tall fashion, rock interviews and more!

On The Heath

where would-be writer works with words

The adventures of timbertwig in the forest of Burnley and the Rossendale Valley

crafts, permaculture, forest management, self employment, cycling

cheryl62blog

Time to change, live, encourage and reflect.

GARDEN OF EADY

Bring new life to your garden!

The Grey Enigma

Help is not coming. Neither is permisson. - https://twitter.com/Grey_Enigma

Ethereal Nature

The interface of the metaphysical, the physical, and the cultural

UP!::urban po'E.Tree(s)

by po'E.T. and the colors of pi

Kindness Blog

Kindness Images, Videos, True Life Stories, Quotes, Personal Reflections and Meditations.

Crazy Green Thumbs

Chronicling a delusional gardening experience.

New Hampsha' Bees

Raising bees holistically in New Hampshire

Nicholas Andriani

Adventure Travel and Gastronomy, Passionately Explored

AM Simpson

Loves Final Kiss

Indie Hero

Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller

Therapeutic Misadventures

Daily musings on life after 60 & recreating oneself

valeriu dg barbu

©valeriu barbu

Writing Out Loud

A Place of Observation

cancer killing recipe

Just another WordPress.com site

Archon's Den

The Rants & Rambles of A Grumpy Old Dude

hoosiersunshine13

Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. -Kurt Vonnegut

Once upon a time... I began to write

My journey in writing a novel

Not a Day Over 45

A View from Mid-Life

theflexifoodie.wordpress.com/

Delicious plant-based, whole food recipes & my healthy living tips!

Sharon Rawlette

Memoirist. Essayist. Philosopher.

Diane Tibert

~ writer - editor - publisher ~

Amintiri din Bucătărie

Memories from the Kitchen

White Shadows

Story of a white pearl that turned to ashes while waiting for a pheonix to be born inside her !

At Home in New Hampshire

Living and Writing in the North East

JOSELYN'S BRAWL

Two rare, life-threatening diseases that led to a bone marrow transplant and a snappy Buttkick List

Stephanie Raffelock

A good story can transform the way that you see the world.