It’s March… and around here that means it is SUGARING TIME!!! We are in the middle of perfect sugaring weather… freezing at night but a beautiful 45 or so during the day. We took our first trip to the Sugar Bush on Sunday and then we came home (actually went to Gammy’s) and made our own Maple Sugar Candy (click here to check out this yummy treat).
Mmmm… there is nothing quite like the smell of a sugar shack. Sweet sap boiling, firewood smoldering, fresh earth exposed (ie lovely March mud). Bug would spend all day peering into the sap pans if he could.
Did you know that it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup? You can collect 6-10 gallons of sap per Sugar Maple tree during sugaring season. To learn more about sugaring check out these great books Grandpa’s Sugar Bush and Sugaring Time. Grandpa’s Sugar Bush is a lovely introduction for the younger crowd and reading Sugaring Time is the next best thing to being able to help out at a Sugar Shack.
The Farm we visit sets up a Native American Sugaring Camp display for the kids… the kids favorite part… squishing through the six inch deep mud. 😉