Saturday, January 11, 2014

Making Maple Syrup in Southern Maine

We were at town hall Thursday night for the Winter Speaker Series session about Making Maple Syrup in Southern Maine. It was great to have local sugar makers talk to us about the history of the craft in our area and how to experiment with small scale in-home production. During the presentation it was obvious that despite the enormous amount of work, the speakers all had a deep and abiding affection for it. They were not only informative and engaging, they were honest about the pitfalls in order for us to benefit from their mistakes.

When we were kids, we made maple syrup one or two winters -- there were some BIG maples at the ol' homestead in East Derry. Thursday's talk helped me understand the things we did right, and what we did wrong. I don't know if it will be this winter, but I'd like to try it again! We've got a wood stove, lots of maple trees -- and we love pancakes!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Winter in Maine

We're in the middle of a snow storm that started this morning and is predicted to go until tomorrow around noon. I worked until around 12:30… then came home and started a fire. After that I plowed the driveway for the first time e-v-e-r. Then I went snowshoeing. Not a bad winter's day!