Farming Maple Syrup Sap

Maple Syrup Season, 2015

Maple syrup cans collecting sap from the maple trees to be collected, heated and evaporated until a perfect consistency of color and flavor yields a bottle of pure maple syrup. I have spent a lot of time living and going to school in Vermont so there was no excuse not to be using pure maple syrup on just about everything eatable. Well that is a mild exaggeration, but definitely best used on pancakes, waffles, and french toast. Maple syrup is such a wholesome natural product coming from the sap of maple trees when the warmer Spring weather gets the maple trees juices flowing and when the farmers tap the trees to draw the sap into buckets or in today's modern farming, using a tap with clear plastic piping that runs downhill using gravity and either directly into the maple syrup house or a collection tub to be gathered and brought over to the maple house for heating. From the tub it goes into the maple syrup house and placed into a large sink made with a series of stainless steel channels heated by a wood fire. With a person closely overseeing this process, the sap cooks-taking 40 gallons of sap and turning that into 1 gallon of pure maple syrup. It then gets graded by color and taste, bottled and sold. A natural, wholesome product that can be used in a variety of recipes.