Wednesday, March 10, 2010

It's Sugaring Time at Chestnut Hill

This is the month of The Sap Moon
Here in the Northeast we have the special pleasure of tapping Sugar maples for Sap and boiling it down into Syrup.

It is one of my favorite times of the year. Weather is warming up, the earth is coming alive, boiling sap takes time . . . . time to slow down and enjoy the great natural world around you.
It also means Sap tea . . . warm sap used as the base for a teabag, it is naturally sweet and yummy!!!

Our Syrup operation is very small and primitive but that is a beauty too, we do not need a lot of stuff to make such yummy syrup.

The Sap Moon
Cold Nights,
warm days,
sap is sure to run.
Moon looms in
the branches,
waiting for the sun.

Research shows that the Algonquians collected sap from Box Elder, Walnut, Hickory, Birch, and Black Cherry although the sweetest is the Sugar maple. It was also shown that the Algonquians knew it was the right time by watching the Gray Squirrels gnaw at the bark to get to the sweet sap.

Go find a Sugar house near where you live this month and get pancakes and fresh Syrup!!!

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