Ever thought about harvesting sap from your maple trees, but been scared off by stories of all the work involved? Check out our first attempt at sugaring, the surprise we encountered at how easy it really is, and the sweet success we enjoyed! Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to put out a few taps […]
These maple macaroons are a great way to use up leftover egg whites to make a less sweet treat. They’re sweetened with maple syrup and thickened with arrowroot, which produces a light, crunchy cookie. These take quite a while to bake, so keep that in mind before you start mixing. If you find that your […]
While the Sugar Maple Tree isn’t exactly a herb, its sweet syrup is a staple feature of every New England spring. Maple trees can be planted on your property, but often you’ll find them already in abundance in wooded areas. Tapping and processing their sap will give you fresh, home made maple syrup.
For many homesteaders springtime means sugaring. Tree syrup is Mother Nature’s apology for a long, hard winter and can be made by tapping a variety of tree species. Learn how to tap trees and take advantage of this sweet resource.
So you want to make maple syrup, but you don’t know where to begin. Check out this list of necessary materials to get started, and find out what you DON’T need to spend money on.
Starting a small scale maple sugaring operation can be expensive. We go through the options and costs step by step in planning a 150 tap operation on our Central Vermont homestead. Factors including arch selection, sugar shack planning, fuel efficiency, labor requirements, expected yield and sale price are all discussed in relation to a small […]