Sap & Taps to Syrup

[/caption]                         Did you know that NY is the second largest producer of maple syrup in the US? The Adirondacks is the prime location for sugarhouses producing the sweet nectar. Did you know that the sugar maple is the state tree? That got me to thinking…will the warm winter affect the syrup production? According to my quick research, not likely to affect much… other than starting 2 weeks earlier this year. The optimum temperatures are low 20’s at night and 45 to 50 degrees during the day which in a normal year is early March. A cold snap will just momentarily slow things down. The Iroquois use to thrust a tomahawk into the tree to start the sap flowing…that must of been quite a sight… such a benign use of a deadly weapon. Everything from simple taps and buckets to lines stringing a forest of trees together like arteries, letting the sap flow towards a central tank. Whatever the method of collecting the sap…the boiling of gallons to get a tidy sum (30 to 1 ratio) explains why it is called “liquid gold”. The good news??… …Up Yonda Farm right here in Bolton is having their: Pancake Breakfast & Maple Festival Sunday, March 4, 2012 9:00a-2:00p Pancake Breakfast: $7 per person, $4 members Enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared by the talented chefs at Up Yonda Farm. The menu will include: pancakes with real maple syrup, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Seatings are available every forty five minutes from 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM Breakfast pricing includes Maple Festival Click here to submit a reservation request or call 518-644-9767 Maple Festival Only: $4 per person, members:no charge. Experience the art of maple sugaring at Up Yonda Farm! This event will feature presentations and demonstrations of the sugar making process. See how we extract the sap from maple trees. There will be guided tours of our sugarhouse throughout the day. Locally produced maple products will be available for sale. Festival pricing does not include pancake breakfast.” Sounds like a fun day!…Babbling Brook]]>