One of the sure signs that winter is starting to lose it’s grip…
…the maple trees are showing off some new accessories.
With the warm days and cool nights the maple sap is running and buckets are showing up all over town to tap into the opportunity.
For thousands of years people have celebrated this first sign of spring with Sugaring Off parties. The sap is collected from the Sugar Maples and poured into huge boiling vats where it will brew for hours (it takes almost ten gallons of sap to produce one quart of maple syrup, so you can imagine how much work is involved!).
If you keep the boiling process going, you can actually produce a maple syrup paste…
(if anyone is a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder books, you might remember that she wrote about this!)
Hello Half Pint!
After a long, gray, cold winter, Sugaring Off is the first real taste of spring. And like many other communities, folks all over Cooperstown are breaking out of hibernation to join in the fun…
…even a brown-eyed boy who I happen to be partial to.
The promise of spring… just for the JOY of it!
And what about you? What brought you JOY this week? Any signs of spring in your neck of the woods?
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