|The Sugar Shack|
In April we put on our boots and set out for our annual trek through the Mader's Sugar Bush. (Yes, I realize it is June and I am only now posting this, but sometimes my intentions are better than my follow-through.)
It's become an event we all look forward to and talk about for a weeks before the trees are even tapped. This year we invited our friends, the Smith's, to join us.
|The sap pan when we got there, not yet boiling.|
First we checked out the operation - we explain each year how the Maple trees are tapped to collect their sap which is then put in the big pan and boiled over a hot fire until it becomes Maple Syrup.
|James and Morgan helping to add firewood.|
Next we set our for our tromp through the woods.
|Marion, Morgan, Luke and James|
|Marion and Evan|
|Mommy and Nicholas - notice the turkey feather in my hand|
|Porcupines at work|
When we returned to the Sugar Shack, Paul had begun straining the syrup. We had a delicious taste of fresh maple syrup and some maple sugar too. It was yummy and oh so sweet!