Monday, March 4, 2013

Festival of the Sugar Maples....

Sunday Funday with the kids....
Just as Curious George has done, (that show has been on repeat for days!) they are anxious to see how maple syrup is made! Last March in Stowe, Vermont we went snow shoeing and saw the trees ready for sap collection but we were leaving on the day of the festival.  
We headed out for a brisk yet refreshing walk through the woods.  We learned how the Native Americans first learned to tap the trees and make syrup and how the process changed throughout the years.  Our local McHenry County Conservation District does a great job with everything they do.
The volunteers are passionate and energetic...
I'm very much over winter.  It doesn't bode well with a broken heart or down trodden spirit.  However, it makes you feel good to get out of the house, take a hike and shake off the melancholy mood for a few hours.
 The sunshine always make you feel better on so many levels.
(Lovely knitted hats by my friend Nancy! xo)
The woods were bright, sunny and alive with shadows.
 Next up in the lesson we learn how to tap the tree.
 Lauren holds the spile in her hand.  
 Lauren takes a try at auguring out a hole for the spile.
 Evan made friends with everyone he encountered and ran up ahead the whole time.
 Lauren, Evan and Owen...
 Lauren runs to catch up...
It's been too cold but.....
 Any sap in there?
 Evan gets a first hand view of the boiling sap in the evaporation room....
Lots of steam!
It takes 8-12 hours of cooking the sap to produce the syrup....
This was a great visual for the kids...
Did you know it takes 40 gallons (milk jugs) worth of sap to make ONE gallon of maple syrup?  That explains the expense right?!  I buy my syrup at Costco.  1 liter for $14.57!~  A great deal.
Nothing better than a breakfast Mom doesn't have to cook!
Cafe 20 in Marengo was fantastic and highly recommended!
Later the kids and I cozied up on the couch and I caught this wonderful shaft of light....Which reminded me of my Mumford & Sons obsession..."Lover of the Light..."  It's like the yellow tote is there to be filled with all the sunshine!

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful post! And here, a 2-day snowstorm began yesterday (really overnight Sunday) and today there is no school. A snow day! Sadly, not as joyous (to me) as if it were December. It is March now, I am done with snow!!!

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