3.19.2009

Sugaring; just what I need...

"Oh my wound"
Good ole' Farmers Diner in Quechee, VT!
Sugarbrush farm in Woodstock, Vt. Probably one of the coolest things I have been to in a while (since I haven't been around sugaring season in years) We were able to go into the sugaring house, and watch them boil the sap thus turning it in to syrup over a very slow process of water evaporation. We were able to sample the different syrups that they made (SOOO GOOD) and learned about the different grades! So interesting, funny when you grow up literally around the stuff but don't know to much about it. They also make cheese at the farm. 14 different kinds, of course my liking of very sharp cheddar's lead me to find my new favorite: aged 74 months. I can't even explain the amazing taste. We were able to watch the women wax the cheese (3 different layers dipped 6 different times, all the wax colors were according to the sharpness of the cheese). I highly suggest that if you are around the area you go, check it out, eat some cheese, test some syrups! You can read more about the farms history at: www.sugarbushfarm.com
Sugaring house
"40 gallons of maple sap will boil down to ONE GALLON of pure maple syrup" 

And, for those of you who have no syrup eating knowledge, aunt jemima IS NOT SYRUP! 
Where the sap is stored until it is quickly brought to the boiler. Sap spoils easily. 
The boiler in action. I cannot even express how amazing it smelled inside here! 
This is a more classic way of making syrup and takes twice as long as the one above. If you look at any old pictures (like the ones that we have from the Lauder sugar house) you can see that this is how the syrup was made back then...Pretty cool! 
The sap maturing to syrup!
Bottling room
After our adventure to Sugarbush farm we went to a hardware (such as windows, doors, shutters, sinks, etc) salvation story. There was some really cool stuff in there, I would have loved to stay longer but they evidently forgot how to turn the heat on in the building..
Dots on a pot.
Desks.
Choo-Choo train.
After our busy day we decided we were IN NEED of a form of exercise. We went to part of the appalachian trial just next to the ski way and hiked up to Holt's (?). 
Fern. Hello spring.
Hiking.
growths...ha!
A rock wall in the middle of the woods...someone had some spare time on their hands I'd say!
Well, looks like no one is stopping here!
The DOC's signs for the Appalachian trail. 
New Hampshire is beautiful. The top of Holt's ledge. You could see for miles and miles and miles, I can only imagine this place in the summer...all green!
Another view. So serene. 


Unfortunately, I depart to go back to Reno/Tahoe tomorrow. It seems like these trips always go by way to fast and I never really want to leave. I had an amazing three days with my mom, Sarah and Banx. We stayed so busy, had great talks, ate fabulous food I couldn't ask for more! I am already trying to figure out when I can come back here next! Back to the daily grind of work and school as soon as I get back! 

CHEERS! 
(Ohhh, look below to see some of the pictures from Utah that I put up in an earlier post today! They turned out awesome! Alexa Miller is a great photographer!) 

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