Today is the first day of Spring, which I am so excited for, yet we are having a huge snowstorm to replace all the snow that we had melt already. Spring-like weather will come eventually, once its ready. As quite a few people know, I love Spring- the flowers popping up, the fresh smell in the air, watching the daily progress of buds opening on trees. What is there not to love about it? This past Sunday, Justin was feeling under the weather with a cold so but I managed to convince him to bundle up and go for a little walk out to the maple woods. I remember as a child going to a family members sugar shack and we decided that it was time to go again. The closest one to us here in Moncton was only about a 10 minute drive and a few minutes walk into the woods. Its a bit magical walking on a trail and suddenly seeing buckets hanging all over the trees. We sampled quite a few maple goodies while on the walk…
I love seeing the buckets! Only one of the camps still uses buckets, the rest use pipes to bring in the sap to be boiled.
This is at the Trites Family Camp, where we spent most of our time. They also have a pancake house if anyone is interested! We were going to get some but the line was quite long! I am sure they would be worth waiting for though..
Inside the Taffy House is where all the magic happens. On the left they are boiling maple sap to around 235 degrees to pour into the snow and make maple taffy. On the right is where they put giant tubs of sap and boil it until about 230 degrees to make maple candies. Yum!!
Here are blocks of maple candy (its almost like fudge but with no other ingredients) and the next picture is of mini ice cream cones that they fill with maple candy. Such a sweet treat!
Are you going to check out a maple sugar camp this year? Have you been to one in the past?