Saturday, April 3, 2010

Maple Weekend

These pictures aren't in any particular order because I am too lazy to fix it, but I had a wonderful time last weekend seeing how maple syrup was made. I went to Kents Sugar House and learned all about it. It was about a 40 minute drive outside of Albany and a pretty drive up. I was about 30 minues away from Vermont and went ahead and crossed over so that I could add that to my 101 in 1001 list.

The different amounts of maple syrup you could but. Some people even buy the largest which is a gallon.

This is what the sugar house looked like.

These are the holes they drilled in the tree to take the sap out.

They place these things in the tree and the sap drips out into buckets. It takes like 48 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup. They even let me taste it and it tasted like water. He said that only 2% was sugar.

The man was bottling the syrup while I was there.

He let me see the different grades of maple syrup. All of the different colors taste different.

Here is the syrup coming out of the machine that develops it.

This is the actual machine.

Here is a picture of part of the tree where several sap holes had been made.

The bucket again.

And the sign on the building. Apparently, Maple Weekend is a big deal up north and I was very glad to be given the opportunity to participate!!

1 comment:

Mike and Katie said...

My grandpa used to buy it by the gallon. His friend had a sugar shack so I'm sure it wasn't as expensive as the stuff you saw.

My mom just brought me a pint that her friend cooked up. Such a special treat!