A Sweet Time of the Year


| 3/28/2011 9:11:34 AM


Tags: maple syrup, springtime, neighbours, Cam Mather,

 Guest Post by Michelle Mather 

Once a year I treat myself to a sauna. I don't have to go far - just down the road - and it doesn't cost me anything at all. In fact this steam bath is maple scented and is available for a limited time only at my neighbour's "sugar shack."

Don & Debbie run a sawmill 12 months of the year, but at this time of the year they are extra busy boiling sap into maple syrup. As soon as their "sugar shack" comes into sight as I drive towards their place and I can see the steam rising into the air, I know I am in for a treat! (I keep putting the words "sugar shack" in quotations because their maple syrup building is far too nice to be called a "shack.")

Don & Debbie string tubing from tree to tree, throughout their maple forest. The tubing empties into large reservoirs. When the reservoirs are filled, they pump the sap into a container on the back of their truck.

reservoir in the woods 

Then the sap is pumped from the back of the truck to a reservoir out back.




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