Though the calendar and lack of snow on the ground have us a little confused...there is no more doubt that spring is around the corner, because it's Sugarin' time!
Last year was our first forray into tapping our own trees, and we loved it so much - the tapping, the boiling, and most certainly the eating. Our supply of first-year syrup didn't quite get us all the way into this next years season, but it did get us all the way to our first honey harvest, which I thought a rather fitting hand-over of seasonal sweetness.
We do not know what this year will bring with the strange winter we've had. The old-timers around us have lots of opinions, none of them quite in agreement with each other. We've tweaked our system a bit since last year, with more taps in the trees and a new stove in the works. Regardless of how 'much' we get though, I think we're all just happy to be Sugarin' again - from the first tapping to the daily family adventure to gather, to the boiling parties that will soon begin with friends.
Precious as gold, this stuff, precious as gold.