April 2011

Free at last!

Came back last night after a short time away, and woke up this morning to the sound of a grouse doing his mating “drumming“. (If my clever link doesn’t work for you, try going here and look for the little “play” control.) When I looked out the kitchen window I saw that, miraculously, the last of the snow covering the path into the woods had melted in the recent rains.

So, time to walk the dogs; down through the woods, around the (still mostly...

Sugar Season’s End

There’s a poignancy to the end of sugaring.  We talked around the dinner table about whether there would be more good sap, whether it was worth boiling again.

Someone remarked how unusual it is to finish sugaring when there’s still snow on the ground.

“Call it!” someone else said. And that, more or less, was  it.

There’s lots of clean-up to do, and the urgency is gone.  Now the trees are all revisited,  taps pulled out of the holes.  Equipment is...

Fascinating article on maple syrup and health

Thanks to Tom Lincoln of Santa Monica, CA (one of our customers) who forwarded this article (“54 Beneficial Compounds Discovered in Pure Maple Syrup“) to us; it makes interesting reading.

We’ve long been of the opinion that maple syrup is not only wonderfully tasty, but is also good for you. This article seems to offer some hard evidence in support of the latter opinion.