Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Our first season of sugaring has begun. My husband purchased a variety of spiles from our local hardware store and we spent a few hours over the weekend selecting, drilling and tapping our maples trees.
We are enjoying these books:
Maple Syrup Season by Ann Purmell
Sugartime: The Hidden Pleasures of Making Maple Syrup with a Primer for the Novice Sugarer by Susan Carol Hauser
And enjoying these online resources:
edible Grande Traverse ~ this resource discusses the health benefits of maple syrup and has beautiful pictures.
www.eataweed.blogspot.com ~ they have a lovely post on the Sap Moon.
My mother recently gave me her beautifully kept 7th edition of The Good Housekeeping Cookbook (circa 1942) and I was delighted to see many recipes that use maple sugar.
I like how Will Weaver describes maple sugaring in his forward to Sugartime:
"It is more than the work of one night or one week; its rhythms are measured in sunlight and shadow, in the tilt of the earth's axis and in the ancient memories of trees."
I think of his statement as my family adds a new venture to our path of living mindfully and enjoying these moments on our land.
Have you tried sugaring? Do you have a favorite maple recipe to share? I would love to read about it!