Sugaring Season

April 12, 2014

Buckets for collecting maple sap

Buckets for collecting maple sap

I’ve never seen the workings of a maple sugar camp.  I’m surprised that my frugal parents did not ever make the effort to tap the maple trees in the woods and make syrup for our large family.  We were content with Mrs. Butterworth’s.

My sister took me to see this sugar bush near Rachel Lake in northern Minnesota.  The day was too cold for the sap to run, so the camp was temporarily abandoned.  But buckets were hung ’round the maple trees in readiness for the temperature to cooperate and set the sap running.  It would have been fun to see the operations in full swing.  I hope they had a successful season.

Spiles sunk into the trees

Spiles sunk into the trees

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5 Responses to “Sugaring Season”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    I’ve got two little bottles in my cupboard from Charlevoix, Michigan. There’s nothing like the taste of real maple syrup, even though I grew up with — and stayed with — the commercial brands for years. Now, I buy the real stuff, both to support the local businesses, and also because, if I’m going to indulge in pancakes, I want to really indulge.

  2. Chris Says:

    Wow, those are some huge, old Maple trees! The sugar Maple doesn’t grow here in Washington but evidently you can make maple syrup from any kind of maple tree…but the sugar content won’t be as high. Some make it here with our native Big Leaf Maple.

  3. Elisa Says:

    oh myyyyyyyyy…i’m delighted to see this and i wonder that you haven’t experienced it

    I’m grousing at the placement of the buckets, they will kill the trees that way. There is a skill to the number of buckets per tree, so that the tree is just as healthy, had none of the life been siphoned off. I think that I very much liked cooking it off 🙂

    Drizzling it over snow in a bowl was fun too!


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